Taxi from Taxicentrale Amsterdam. Photo: TCA

Trade union FNV is once again in full negotiation with employers about a new collective labor agreement for healthcare transport and taxi. Negotiations resumed last Friday. Although FNV negotiator Meindert Gorter signals some bright spots, he believes the two parties are still miles apart.

“The negotiations are now moving in a direction that makes me think: OK, now we are really talking about something,” Meindert Gorter said. “During last Friday’s negotiations, we discussed, among other things, wages, continued payment in the event of illness and the paid time. However, we are still not satisfied with what is currently on the table. The employers are still a long way from what we want.”

One of the most important requirements of FNV is the minimum wage. The union wants this to be increased to fourteen euros. “We believe that the wage structure should be adjusted. The people who work in this sector simply need structural money. The water is at their lips.”

“In addition, we need to look more closely at how we can retain the people in our industry, because they are currently running away from the bush. People just can’t afford to pay the bill anymore. If employers pay insufficiently, those people will go somewhere where they can earn enough money. On Saturday, October 1, we will consult our members about how to proceed.”

It is urgent At the beginning of September FNV already announced this ‘mass strategy meeting’. During this meeting in Nieuwegein, employees can make their voices heard and think along about the steps to be taken now. According to Meindert Gorter, however, haste is required. If no agreement has been reached by early November, this could lead to possible actions. “The NEA index will be determined at the end of October. It is important for each party that an agreement has been reached on a new collective labor agreement by that time, because then it can still be included in it.”

“If it cannot be taken along and actions are organised, I predict that it will be a capricious winter for anyone who cannot provide for their own mobility. Mobility offered by municipalities and all kinds of other facilities may then no longer be possible. Children of parents who use student transport will then no longer be taken to school by their drivers. The parents have to solve this themselves. That is very bad, but it is not there yet. We will first consult our supporters.”

In addition, according to Gorter, both employers and employees also have an interest in quickly reaching an agreement on a new collective labor agreement. “Everyone wants a new collective labor agreement. Employers want that so that the NEA index can be included. Employees want that, because then they can be sure of a wage improvement. In general, I think that a new collective labor agreement would mean peace of mind for the entire sector. If there is no new collective labor agreement, this will certainly lead to labor unrest. Then it is up to the people whether they will accept something lower”, Gorter concludes. Negotiations on a new collective labor agreement for healthcare transport and taxi will be resumed on 7 October.

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