Employers in healthcare transport and taxi feel compelled to make a final offer and attach an ultimatum to it. This is due to the working methods of the trade unions. The unions have started negotiations with unprecedented demands that would result in a total increase of more than 14% in costs. After the unions scrapped a number of demands, each round of negotiations demanded more. The entrepreneurs offer more than %. The unions must have responded before 14 October, otherwise the employers will suspend negotiations indefinitely.

CAO negotiator Martijn Kersing about the final offer: ‘We have made a historically high offer to the unions, especially if you look at other collective agreements that are currently being secluded. We have been negotiating since May this year and as employers we have shown good will. The unions ensured that the employees were given unrealistic expectations of the new collective labor agreement to be concluded by not relating proposals to the current collective agreement. Then our employees may end up empty-handed and that is the last thing employers want. We find it disappointing that we have to come up with an ultimatum about this final offer, but we as employers really cannot go further than this final offer. ‘

In the first year (73) there is an increase of 8% as of 1 January and in the second year (2024) at 4%, also from 1 January. In order to also be able to offer new drivers a good start with a decent salary, the bottom steps 3 and 4 are removed from the wage structure. New employees therefore start on the salary of what is now step 5. This means that a novice driver earns 13,73 and already in 2024 the desire to realize a starting salary above 14 euros per hour is met. The 0 step will be deleted for non-mobile personnel, so that they also receive a higher starting salary.

In the event of incapacity for work, an employee in the sector currently 70% during the first two weeks of illness. Employers want to increase this to 73% for the first two weeks. An important part of the final offer is also that employers will revert to the old scheme for paid time, with the addition of a maximum of four interruptions at the work location (this was unlimited). The arrangement agreed in the previous collective labor agreement led to a great deal of commotion. Going back to the old scheme is an improvement over the current scheme, with which , 5% interruption could be calculated, even if that interruption was not

With this final offer, the employers are making an ultimate offer to the employees, which shows understanding for the situation of the employees and also expresses appreciation for the great commitment in these difficult times of staff shortage. Collective Labor Agreement negotiator Martijn Kersing about this: ‘As employers, we saw that we had to focus on appreciation for our employees and on a 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. After all, they are passed on the increased costs, for example via the NEA index.’

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