The employers in the healthcare and taxi transport sector have made a final offer for a new collective labor agreement as of 2023, with an ultimatum up to and including Tuesday 25 October. The trade unions CNV and FNV allowed this ultimatum to expire, effectively suspending the historically high wage offer of more than % and negotiations. Chairman of the employers’ delegation Martijn Kersing finds it incomprehensible that the unions have not yet accepted the final offer: “We attach great importance to a new collective labor agreement, which provides peace and clarity for everyone. With their attitude, unions are threatening to blow the nose of the much-desired wage increase of 8% as of 1 January.”
During the negotiations, employers were increasingly the signal that for most of their employees an increase in salary was the most important thing, while unions made additional demands and conditions. To test this, KNV prepared a survey that was distributed by the employers among their staff, in which the employees could indicate whether they agree with the employer’s proposal. This survey was completed more than 3200 times and more than 25% of the respondents (of which 90% driver) could agree with employers’ proposal. The survey was anonymous and voluntary and could only be completed once. Employers could not see which employees completed the survey or view the results. If an employee did not like the final offer, he could also indicate why not and this was therefore used by more than 25% of the respondents.
Employers are surprised that the unions have not yet presented the final offer to their supporters themselves, all the more so because their own staff know very well that the corona crisis and the current high costs are not doing the industry any good and therefore there is certainly a good final offer. On the part of employers, that is really not an option.
The expiry of the ultimatum means that the collective wage increase cannot be passed on in the rates. Martijn Kersing about this: “Because the NEA index (which is often used in the sector) does not take into account a new collective labor agreement, the national average wage cost development is assumed to be much lower than what we would like to pay our employees. ”. However, the NEA index has not yet been definitively determined and employers still want to reach a new Collective Labor Agreement with the trade unions on the basis of the final offer, so that employees do receive the wage increase as of 1 January 2023. .
Once the NEA index has been published and no new collective labor agreement has been agreed, it will be impossible to agree on more than where in the index at a later date is included. Employers can then no longer pass on these extra costs. Entrepreneurs have already had to deal with the sharp rise in fuel prices in recent months. The index for this year was unable to take this into account. Margins in transport are low. Extra costs that are not matched by income cannot be borne by the sector.