Royal Dutch Transport. Photo: KNV

The employers say they have made a “historic wage offer” in the negotiations about a new collective labor agreement for Healthcare Transport and Taxi. This is what the employers’ organization Royal Dutch Transport (KNV) has announced. In addition, the employers’ unions FNV and CNV have issued an ultimatum. “The unions must have responded before 14 October, otherwise the employers will suspend negotiations indefinitely.”

The employers say they feel compelled to make a final offer and attach an ultimatum to it. “This is due to the way the trade unions work,” they say. “The unions have started negotiations with unprecedented demands, totaling an increase of more than 73 percent of the would result in costs. After the unions scrapped a number of demands, each round of negotiations demanded more. The entrepreneurs now offer more than 10 percent. The unions must have responded before 14 October, otherwise the employers will suspend negotiations for an indefinite period. Higher starting salary In the first year – 73 – according to the employers, there will be an increase of 8 percent as of January 1, and the following year it will be an increase of 8 percent. increase of 4 percent. In addition, the bottom steps (3 and 4) are also removed from the wage structure. This is to be able to offer new drivers a good start with a decent reward. “In practice this means that a novice driver 14,2022 earns euros and is already met in the desire to realize a starting salary above 14 euros per hour. The 0 step will be deleted for non-driving personnel, so that they also receive a higher starting salary.”

Historical wage offer According to negotiator Martijn Kersing, this is a historically high offer. “Certainly if you look at other collective labor agreements that are currently being concluded. We have been negotiating since May this year and as employers we have shown good will. However, the unions ensured that the employees were given unrealistic expectations of the new collective labor agreement to be concluded. We find it disappointing that we have to come up with an ultimatum about this final offer, but we as employers really can’t go further than this final offer.”

An important part of the final offer is also that the employers want to return to the old scheme regarding paid time. “In addition, a maximum of four interruptions at the pitch. This was unrestricted at first and led to a lot of commotion. Going back to the old scheme is an improvement over the current scheme, which allows 10,5 percent interruption could be passed on, even if that interruption was not enjoyed.”

Betting on valuation With this final offer, the employers state that they are making an ultimate offer, which shows understanding for the situation of the employees and also expresses appreciation for the great effort in these difficult times of staff shortages. “As employers, we saw that we had to focus on appreciation for our employees and on new influx of drivers. We converted that into an unprecedentedly high collective labor agreement offer. We hope the unions accept our final offer. Only then can we actually implement the wage increase as of 1 January. The clarity that this offers is important for everyone. Not only for employees and entrepreneurs, but also for clients”, concludes Martijn Kersing.

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