Netherlands - Social plan at AkzoNobel - March 31, 2017

Paint maker AkzoNobel NV is exploring a sale or merger with a peer, and is in talks with several companies. The trade unions had announced strikes in case the management would consider serious reductions in the provisions of the existing social plan. The unions and the AkzoNobel management came to an agreement to continue with the current social plan. The watering down of different provisions has been cancelled in the deal. Earlier this month, workers’ representatives and trade unions had built a coalition with the management against a non-friendly takeover effort by US competitor PPG.

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