MN: CLA consultations resumed
March 27 2019
Negotiations on a new collective labor agreement resumed on Monday 25 March 2019. The last conversation was in December 2018 and that offered so little perspective that it was decided to take a break. In the meantime, we have spoken extensively with our executives and attended the employee meeting on January 29, 2019.
In the consultation held last Monday, we stated again that the employer's previous wage offer does not come close to our wish. That offer was well below the expected inflation in 2019. We exchanged information and argumentation back and forth. We now have the impression that the employer is willing to take a step in our direction. Whether that step is big enough remains to be seen of course.
The next meeting is on April 10, 2019 and we hope to be able to report progress to you after that consultation. In addition, there are other wishes besides the wage offer. We are thinking of the social plan that expires at the end of this year and is due for renewal. In the area of pensions, it has been agreed to ask the pension fund to conduct an investigation into the content and implementation of the pension scheme into the future. We do not want to be faced with surprises and we strive for an arrangement that will also remain intact in the future.
Individual training options are also discussed. If the employee experiences difficulties in approving a training program, please let us know.
We have come to an important stage. Expanding our membership can be a signal to the employer that employees are making the proposals De Unie support. Such as de Uniemembers know, the vakbondcontributions are declared to the employer later in the year. Inform colleagues about this.
I would like to thank everyone for the statements of support during the past months. We notice great involvement and that helps us in the consultation.