Employers in healthcare and taxi transport, united in KNV Zorgtransport and Taxi, once again call on FNV to stop organizing strikes in healthcare and student transport. The for 09 and 30 The strikes announced in February are once again causing a lot of stress and inconvenience to vulnerable travelers in healthcare transport, according to the trade association.

‘However, the strikes are pointless now that there are a collective labor agreement has recently been concluded, which will soon be declared universally binding’, says KNV about the union’s intention to organize strikes again. ‘Due to the conclusion of the new collective labor agreement, drivers will receive an additional 8 percent wage increase, which is more than the current inflation. The sickness and break schemes were also adjusted to meet the demands of the trade unions. Employers will therefore not renegotiate the collective labor agreement that has just been concluded.’

Rearguard action Instead, KNV calls on the union to focus on the future. The employers believe that they have moved strongly towards the demands of the unions during the collective bargaining. KNV chairman Bertho Eckhardt is therefore disappointed that healthcare transport clients are once again the victims of possible strikes. “I indicated earlier that you keep repeating your points and thereby hindering the transport of vulnerable groups, only damages healthcare transport,” he says.

“The collective labor agreement does justice to both the interests of employers and employees, including FNV’s supporters, who also benefit from the wage increase. Involving students and care transport clients in a rearguard action is, I think, below the level of FNV. Waiting for care transport that doesn’t come causes so much stress. You can’t do that to clients. Certainly not now that there is simply a new collective labor agreement.”

Willingness to strike According to KNV, however, the consequences of the previous strikes were limited, because only 2 percent of the staff went on strike. ‘Because employees have improved as of 1 January, the willingness to strike may have decreased compared to last time’, the sector organization believes. The healthcare providers will also try again to limit the nuisance to a minimum by ensuring good communication with clients and users. However, this will not be able to prevent serious nuisance for the vulnerable target group in some places, with all the consequences that entails.’

Last week announced FNV new strikes in health care and taxi transport, if employers do not meet the demands of the union. FNV cannot agree with the new collective labor agreement, on which KNV reached an agreement with another trade union, CNV, last year. The union called the new collective labor agreement ‘very mediocre’. “Our members do not accept that and will continue with actions until there is a decent collective labor agreement,” said FNV director Meindert Gorter at the time.

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