FNV union leader resigns
Monday 11 June 2012
Agnes Jongerius, leader of the FNV trade union federation, will resign her position on June 23, the day on which the a new union movement will be launched.
The FNV has been divided since Jongerius voted in favour of measures to reform the pension system. Several member unions were furious and the row led to in-fighting between the 19 members last year.
It was decided to set up a new-look union under the name De Nieuwe Vakbeweging (the new union movement). Labour MP Jetta Klijnsma has been leading a five-strong team through the transformation process.
The 51-year-old Jongerius said in a statement that this is the best chance ever to make a leap in renewal. 'It is now up to the members to grab this chance,' she said.
Members will vote on June 23 for a leader for the new union movement.