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Rabobank: update collective labor agreement negotiations


Thursday, October 8 De Unie, Rabobank and the other trade unions also discussed a new collective labor agreement as of 1 January 2021. An update on this in this newsletter.

Working from home

As a result of the impact of corona, the bank has proposed that we conduct a fundamental study on a different balance between working from home and working in the office in the future. The study would be during the term of the collective labor agreement to be agreed. If things come out that can be entered in the meantime, then this could be done, according to the bank. Finally, the offer is that employees can order and become the owner of a chair, desk and monitor. The latter proposal will start in October, by the way.

The trade unions have not made a counter-proposal and are still in mutual consultation on another proposal. In our proposal, we address issues such as an expense allowance, direction in choosing work patterns, (in) accessibility, workplace in the office, coaching and how to deal with the home working situation from March this year. For the unions, a workplace that complies with the Working Conditions Act is not a collective labor agreement but something that simply has to be arranged, even if it does cost (extra) money.


When it comes to employability, the CLA parties sometimes agree that the development budget must be increased. The bank proposes an amount of EUR 1250 per year. Trade unions have asked the bank about the budget that employees have not used in recent years. As soon as the answer is there, the unions will make a counter-proposal to the bank. Parties seem to find each other easily in more than two years of saving the development budget. This was also a wish from the employees.

Follow-up dates and participation

We have 27 October, 9 November, 26 November and 10 December to further negotiate a new collective labor agreement as of 1 January 2021. We also try to organize a digital walk-in session on those dates aimed at a specific part of the bank or open but with registration in advance. During a walk-in session, it is explained what the CLA parties are talking about and there is the opportunity to ask questions about this. On October 8, we paid a digital visit to Rabobank subsidiary Obvion. A fun session with good questions from employees!


If you want to respond to this member letter or want to contact me about a collective matter, you can reach me via emanuel.geurts@unie.nl or via my telephone number 06-5252 2074. For individual advice you can contact my colleagues from the Service Center department on 0345-851 963, by e-mail sc@unie.nl or the chat function www.unie.nl. We are happy to help you!