First of HEMA strikes at distribution centre
Staff of the Dutch department store are demanding for a 3.5 percent pay rise but have been offered 2 percent instead.
UTRECHT – Staff at the Dutch department store HEMA distribution centre in Utrecht have gone on strike in Utrecht demanding for higher wages.
The FNV federation of unions is demanding a 3.5 percent pay rise, but the department store is only offering its staff 2 percent.
HEMA maintained its pay offer is extremely responsible in the global downturn while unions argued the low-price chain store has profited from the crisis and should pay more.
The strike on Monday is the first of a series as different forms of industrial action will be taken at several branches of HEMA. The unions hope to involve the seven bakeries which supply HEMA.
The distribution centre supplies 350 department stores in the Netherlands. Monday’s strike will not affect food deliveries.
HEMA is one of the Netherlands oldest department stores. It opened in 1926 with standard prices of a guilder (EUR 0.45 cents) or less for household goods, clothing and food.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica