In addition, there will be more job security for temporary workers and pension entitlement will be improved.
The outcome of the negotiations comes after a year of negotiations. In May, talks are still falling apart. It resumed in September. According to ABU Director Jurriën Koops, the operation was “turbulent”, but an agreement was eventually reached.
Under the current scheme, the gap between temporary agency workers and permanent workers is narrowed in terms of wages and other working conditions. Further steps towards equality will be taken when the next multi-year collective labor agreement is concluded. Retirement is also getting better. For example, pension entitlement begins earlier and accrues to a larger portion of income.
The duration of the first temporary contract is from a maximum of 78 weeks to a maximum of 52 weeks. The period during which someone may get a contract for a fixed period of time will also be reduced from 4 to 3 years. This makes the permanent employment contract step faster.
For migrant workers, there is an income guarantee equal to the statutory minimum wage for the first two months with the Temporary Employment Agency. It was also agreed that migrant workers may remain in their accommodation for up to four weeks after the termination of their temporary employment contract.
The parties will present the agreements reached to their supporters with positive advice. If they agree, the agreements will enter into force on November 17. The term of the collective labor agreement is until January 2, 2023.
The NBBU is not part of the agreement and is still in talks. The NBU previously agreed with several agreements to improve the situation of temporary workers, which have now been approved by the Asian Blind Union. “As soon as new information emerges, we will publish it,” the organization said.
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