The FNV trade union is targeting a wage increase of 14.3% next year.

FNV defends wages 14.3% increase At next year’s salary round, the Netherlands’ largest trade union federation said Tuesday.

The figure is in line with October’s inflation rate and means workers’ lives are neither getting worse nor better, FNV said. The Commonwealth typically campaigns for increased purchasing power in addition to inflation-based wage increases.

“Our members’ salaries must maintain their value,” said FNV Vice Chairman Zakaria Boufangacha. “People are working hard and prices have gone up a lot, but profits have gone up in the last 18 months,” she said.

Wage gains so far this year have been better than last year, with contracts signed in September averaging 4.4%, according to the employers advisory group AWVN. The largest agreed so far is for railway workers, who get two bonuses of 9.25% and €1,000 for 18 months.

FNV has been involved in wage negotiations for 5-6 million workers and is currently negotiating for 200,000 health workers in the country.

In September, the CNV trade union federation targeted a wage increase of 5% to 10% over the coming period, a figure unchanged since then, a spokesman told RTL Nieuws.

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