Netherlands - Four-year contract model for retail proposed - April 30, 2017

Employers in the retail sector and trade union CNV are discussing the introduction of a four-year contract for retail workers which includes a budget for training, as part of a their collective bargaining agenda. The aim, employers and trade union CNV say, is to increase workers’ chances at finding work later on while at the same time providing flexible staff for retailers. At the moment some 300,000 people work in supermarkets and small retailers, such as greengrocers and butchers. Most are younger than 23 and have contracts for a year with a maximum of 12 hours a week. Just 25% to 30% have a permanent contract. Trade union FNV is sceptical about the proposal, whilst labour law experts have explained that in the current situation a start with a four-year contract is already possible.

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