Supermarket workers offered 10% pay rise to match inflation


Supermarket staff have been offered a 10% pay rise to match the deal struck with Albert Heijn for workers at its distribution centres.

The FNV union said it would put the proposal by employers’ organisation VGL, described as a final offer, to its members.

Daniëlle Wiek, FNV administrator for the retail sector, described the deal as a “good pay offer” for the 330,000 supermarket workers around the country.

She said unions had hoped to secure other concessions, including abolishing the age-related pay scale for 18 to 21-year-olds and automatic pay rises to match price inflation, as well as restoring higher pay rates on Sundays.

“But unfortunately the employers wouldn’t allocate more time for that,” she said.

Albert Heijn’s 4,000 distribution centre workers went on strike in April after rejecting an initial pay offer of 6%, while unions were demanding 14.3%. The two sides eventually settled on a 10% deal.

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