Since the beginning of November we have been negotiating with employers from KNS (the Butchers employers' association) about the new collective labor agreement for the Butchers Company. After two rounds, the conversations come to a standstill.
Since the beginning of November we have been negotiating with employers from KNS (the Butchers employers' association) about the new collective labor agreement for the Butchers Company. After two rounds, the conversations come to a standstill. Employers say that because of corona they do not have a mandate to come to a new collective labor agreement. That is why we are postponing negotiations until January. The catering industry may then be open and there is more perspective for the sector, according to the employers.
We understand that part of the sector is suffering from the fact that the hospitality industry has been closed for months. But we also know that the shops and the large industrial butchers are doing quite well. The supermarkets are busier than ever. Add to that the fact that the employees are working "round the clock" and also under difficult circumstances. Hopefully the KNS will have their mandate on time, so that we can quickly negotiate again for a new collective labor agreement.
We have made a good agreement about the pension scheme. The rate will increase to 30.3 or 10% in 3 years. Despite employees contributing to this (less than 1% extra per year), this is good news. Because we paid too little for years, the rate had to be increased. With this agreement we are ready to prepare for the new pension contract that will be introduced in a number of years. It is important that a good pension rate is charged in the contract. In addition to pensions, we are also working on agreements about heavy work. For the industrial employers it seems to be coming, for the shops the employers don't want anything yet.
A decent collective labor agreement is not yet in sight, because the employers are keeping their hands on the bag! That is why we are going to fight for a good collective labor agreement with the support of our members. Employees in the butcher business have earned that more than ever. If employers do not make a decent offer, our FNV members will consider further actions. For the time being, we will continue in January.
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