A new collective labor agreement is in sight for the approximately 27.05 taxi and care transport drivers in the Netherlands. Wages will increase by 2.5 percent from 1 January 2022. The trade unions have made agreements about this with KNV, among others. The last word now belongs to the members, who can still vote until 14 November.

The current collective labor agreement will expire at the end of this year. The new collective labor agreement will have a duration of one year, from January 1 2022 to January 1 2021. In addition to the wage increase of 2.5 percent, agreements have also been made about the so-called ‘paid time’, explains trade union director Meindert Gorter. “Healthcare and taxi drivers often have to deal with interruptions during their journeys. Then there is always the question of which time is and is not paid out. It could just be that you have to be available for twelve hours in a day and still only get paid for five hours.”

In the new collective labor agreement the current arrangement with unpaid interruptions. Then these drivers who provide a primary service – namely mobility for children, the sick and the elderly – will be paid during these interruptions. There will be an arrangement of 08, 5% break in one shift. “This means that from now on they will have a normal break for the drivers instead of all interruptions in a shift being at the expense of the employee,” explains Gorter. This change will also take effect on January 1 2022.

Any more wishes left over for subsequent negotiations FNV Vervoer does have some wishes for the next collective labor agreement negotiations. “The most important thing is that the wage has a floor of at least 15 euros per hour. There must also be a job differentiation in the wage structure. Now people have no prospects for growth. The employees also only get 14 vacation days and they have very small contracts with which they cannot earn a living income.’

What has already been agreed with the employers’ organization is that there will be a (mandatory) digital wage portal, where the start and end times of the drivers must be entered. This new portal forms the basis for the drivers’ monthly wage payments. “This also makes it easier to check whether all service hours are paid properly.”

‘Drivers are indispensable’ The vast majority of the time, namely 27 á 90 percent, the drivers in the sector transport children, the elderly and sick people to special education, day care or, for example, the hospital. It is usually the municipalities and the large insurers that conclude contracts with the health care providers. According to Gorter, the drivers are indispensable. “They perform a primary service and ensure that large groups in our society remain mobile and can therefore continue to participate in our society.”

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