Union steps up strikes at Albert Heijn distribution centres

Workers at all six distribution centres operated by the Albert Heijn supermarket group will go on strike on Monday in support of their claim for better pay and job security, the FNV trade union said.

At the weekend, around 10% of the staff at three distribution centres walked out. A union spokesman said the supermarket group is recruiting shelf stackers to replace striking staff.

According to Albert Heijn, shoppers have not yet noticed any effect from the strikes. The company says it will not negotiate with the FNV.


On Friday, the CNV shopworkers union agreed to the company’s pay offer of 1.75%. The FNV wants a 2.5% pay rise in line with inflation and more job security for personnel.

For example, people on temporary contracts or who are supplied by staffing agencies should be given a permanent job if they have worked in a centre for more than 18 months, the FNV says.

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