Local government unions and employers have reached a tentative agreement on a new wage deal for bin collectors and council watchers, paving the way to end the current wave of strikes. are currently on strike in Amsterdam and were due to strike in Den Bosch and Maastricht from Wednesday as well. There have been previous strikes in The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam.
The VNG, an association of local governments, has now agreed to a 2% salary increase across the board, in addition to a monthly salary increase of €240 for all staff. A local government employee will also take special leave this year, and from 2024 he will have May 5 as an official holiday.
Trade unions said the deal would raise real wages for bottle collectors by 12% to 13% and wages for highly paid staff by 8%. “The men and women in the city’s waste collection and cleaning services have been struggling to make ends meet in recent weeks,” said Juan Schot of the CNV Trade Union Federation, to broadcaster NOS. I have shown,” he said.
Hester Van Buren, head of financial affairs in Amsterdam, who brokered the deal, said he was delighted with the deal. “The strike is over, but everyone in Amsterdam realizes how important these people are to a clean, safe and livable city.”
Clearing up in the capital after the two-day strike will take some time, she said. . About 50 hospital workers will also quit their jobs to help with wage claims.
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