During the negotiations of 1 June, the employees’ organisations rejected the employers’ offer for a new collective labour agreement (CAO) for the period 1 July 2010 to 1 February 2012. In view of the zero line announced by the Dutch Cabinet for the public sector and given the fact that no funds are available for pay rises in 2010 and 2011, the employers made the following proposals.
To compensate for the loss of purchasing power, the employers offered the option of individuals being allowed to exchange holiday leave for salary. For 2011 and 2012 this would mean a one-off payment of 1%. In addition to this, the employers offered that should a government contribution for pay rises still be made in 2011 then the salary section in the CAO would be open to renegotiation. Furthermore, the employers were prepared to increase the training budget by 0.3% and a proposal for the introduction of age-related leave was made.
The employers are disappointed that the employee organisations have rejected the proposals as this means that a number of important issues, such as the introduction of age-related leave, have been put on the back burner. The demand for a structural increase in salary could not be met, as right from the start of the negotiations the employers have held the premise that pay rises may not be at the expense of employment opportunities: keeping job positions is most important factor for the employers. On the basis of this premise, the employers still made every effort to reach a balanced CAO. As the present CAO has not been withdrawn, this will automatically be renewed until 1 July 2012.
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