A woman in a wheelchair is picked up by a taxi. Photo for illustration.Photo: ANP/ ROB ENGELAAR

The employers in healthcare and taxi transport (united in KNV Zorgtransport and Taxi) said they made an ultimate attempt yesterday to arrive at a new collective labor agreement. The employers therefore submitted an improved final offer for a collective labor agreement. The final offer has a term of eighteen months. The collective labor agreement must take effect on 1 January 2024 and will last until 18 June 2024.

The employers have again offered a wage increase of 8 percent on 1 January 2023 and another 4 percent on 1 January 2024. In addition, compared to the previous final offer, the employers propose changes with regard to breaks and continued payment in the event of illness.

Change the current break scheme The employers want to change the current break scheme so that only unpaid breaks may be withheld if they have actually been taken. In the current scheme, a maximum of 11, 5 percent of the working time may be withheld at a fixed rate. In addition, in the new proposal, in case of illness, the first eight weeks 30 percent of the salary will be paid and then 80 percent, up to and including the second year of illness. The waiting day also lapses with the first sick report.

In addition, the employers are abandoning their wish to return to the old salaried time scheme. The employers do, however, propose to amend the current scheme to make it more applicable in practice. “In the employers’ proposal, the length of the shift can now vary per day, which is more in line with transport demand,” the employers write. “At the same time, the proposal makes it possible for drivers to better connect private and work.” The employers also propose not to apply the commuting deduction if drivers have to use a charging station that is far from their own home.

Too large technical challenges Finally, in the new bid, the employers propose to cancel the proposed online registration of services, due to the technical challenges that are too great. “Of course, time registration remains mandatory, as is the obligation to offer opportunities to the Social Fund for Mobility to check this registration,” concludes Royal Dutch Transport (KNV).

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