According to the trade union FNV, the employers’ organization KNV has started negotiations for a new collective labor agreement for Taxi transport without making any real proposals. The union believes that the taxi sector does not take its employees seriously and indicates that it does not accept this behaviour.
Collective labor agreement negotiations usually start with the exchange of mutual proposals. The trade unions and employers’ organizations then say which agreements they want to have in the new collective labor agreement. FNV Taxi drew up a document containing eighteen points for a collective labor agreement with a term of one year. The union wants, among other things, that wages are automatically adjusted every year to maintain purchasing power. Furthermore, FNV proposes that a minimum hourly wage of 07 euro gross will be introduced and that agreements are made on matters such as flexibility, working time, locations, commuting and charging electric vehicles.
Do not change the Collective Labor Agreement Against the eighteen points of FNV, there are four of KNV Healthcare Transport and Taxi. And this shows that the parties are at least far apart at the beginning of this process. In fact, the employers are only proposing three changes: a term of two years, a wage increase that fits in with the general wage adjustment and agreements about the paid time. Point 4 reads: “We propose not to change the collective labor agreement any further.”
There is also a lack of further proposals because employers attach great value to the agreed vision of the future of the sector . In the letter with proposals, KNV writes that it is still under development. The sector organization is therefore now arguing for peace of mind and few changes to the collective labor agreement, so that the changes can be implemented properly in the future. During the talks, the KNV can make additional proposals.
Inflation hits hard The employers indicate in their letter that the corona crisis is still having major consequences in the sector and that there are further problems with, among other things, rising costs and lack of staff. The union points out that the high inflation is especially hard for many people with a relatively low income and that these blows must be absorbed in a new collective labor agreement for Taxi transport. The union believes that employers are hiding behind the aforementioned challenges so as not to have to make real proposals.
“They mainly want to make it clear that they are in dire straits because of corona, the high inflation and rising fuel prices. It is not seen that as an employee you also have to pay your rent and energy bill and would like to continue to eat,” said FNV. “We do not accept this behavior from employers. We want them to take us seriously and come up with a decent proposal.”
Apart from the fact that the parties seem to be extra far apart this time, it happens more often that the taxi union exchange of proposals for the new collective labor agreement is an opportunity to draw attention to the positions and the negotiations. KNV indicates that it does not wish to comment further on the matter at the moment.
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