Friday 13 December 2019

Unions and state-owned casino group reach pay deal after strikes

Photo: Scheveningen Beach.com

Trade unions and state-owned casino group Holland Casino have reached agreement on a new pay deal after weeks of industrial action by casino staff.

The deal gives the casino group’s 3,000 staff a one-off payment of 4.5% over 2016, a pay rise of 2% in 2017 and 2018 and an agreement to increase pay by the average  nationwide increase in 2019 and 2020.

‘This deal gives our people security, particularly as have also agreed that there will be no forced redundancies while the agreement is in force,’ Holland Casino chief executive Erwin van Lambaart told news agency ANP.

Holland Casino has 14 branches throughout the Netherlands. The government agreed in 2014 to split up and sell off the group and the lower house of parliament voted in favour in February. However, the upper house of parliament has not yet had its say.

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