FNV union federation sidelined in second major pay deal

The modern city centre of Almere, The NetherlandsThe Netherlands’ biggest trade union federation FNV has been sidelined in a second major pay and conditions agreement, the Financieele Dagblad says on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the fashion and retail trade agreed a pay deal for its 100,000 workers without the involvement of the FNV, the paper says. In July, the government reached agreement on a pay rise for 700,000 civil servants, also without the FNV’s involvement.

Jan Meerman, who chairs the fashion and sports retailers’ association, said he had been in talks with both the FNV and CNV for 18 months but without result.

The FNV, he told the paper, represents just 3% of the 100,000 shop workers but was demanding a major role in the talks.

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