Unions and management are reaching agreements on phasing out special perks for older workers, the Nederlands Dagblad reports on Thursday.
Special deals for people aged over 55 are included in around 25% of pay and conditions agreements, mostly in the form of extra days off.
The perks were introduced in the 1980s at a time of high youth unemployment, and were aimed at helping more youngsters find a job.
But the extra days off are being phased out for new staff in the latest health worker and engineering sector pay deals, the paper says. Instead, all workers are being offered the opportunity to take between two and six more days off a year.
‘In the past, all workers made sacrifices to pay for extra days off for older staff. That value is now being spread between all staff,’ a spokesman for the FNV manufacturing union said. ‘This way you prevent someone being burned out at the age of 50.’
At the same time, more efforts are being made to allow older staff to shift to less taxing jobs later in their careers, the paper said.
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