The Federatie Nederlandse Vakbewegingen is the Netherlands’ biggest trade union federation with 16 affiliated unions representing 1.2 million members. It was formed in 1982 when two other federations (the Catholic workers union NKV and the NVV) decided to merge. The biggest individual unions within the federation are the Abvakabo (which represents the public sector) and Bondgenoten (general workers). Strikes are rare in the Netherlands and FNV boss Agnes Jongerius is considered one of the most powerful women in the country. website