It's official - FNV chief De Waal resigns

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1 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The chairman of the largest Dutch trade union confederation, Lodewijk de Waal, confirmed on Tuesday he will resign in May.

1 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — The chairman of the largest Dutch trade union confederation, Lodewijk de Waal, confirmed on Tuesday he will resign in May.

His announcement came as little surprise given recent media speculation that he will not seek a third term as FNV chairman, news website nu.nl reported.

FNV deputy leader, Agnes Jongerius, is expected to replace De Waal after the 16 FNV-affiliated unions backed her nomination on Tuesday. She is set to become the confederation's first female leader.

The FNV confederation will meet in May to officially decide on who will replace De Waal, who was instrumental in leading the Dutch public's protest against the government's budget cuts last year.

The protest campaign climaxed with an estimated 300,000 people demonstrating in Amsterdam last October. The show of strength helped the trade union movement win important concessions from the Dutch government.

The leader of the Christian trade union confederation, Doekle Terpstra, has also announced his resignation. The departure of De Waal and Terpstra symbolises a changing of the guard in the Dutch union movement.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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