Employers want quick trade union overhaul

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Employers’ organisation VNO-CNW Chair Bernard Wientjes says the overhaul of trade union federation FNV should be completed as soon as possible.

He made his remarks following Saturday’s announcement that the FNV - The biggest Dutch trade union federation - had decided to disband and create an entirely new organisation aimed at giving individual members a greater say. The New Federation, as it will be called for the time being, should be up and running by the summer.

Mr Wientjes told public broadcaster NOS on Sunday he feared that it would be ifficult to negotiate with FNV member unions during the interim period.

The VNO-CNW chair said the pensions agreement concluded between unions, employers and the cabinet would stand:

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