Because the 100 euro wage increase is a fixed amount, that amount means a much higher percentage wage growth for Dutch people with a lower income than for those with a higher income. That reduces the wage differences, according to Vice-President Zakaria Boufangacha of the FNV.
In addition, the FNV wants a wage of 2 percent for every working person to compensate for the higher prices in the shops. Last month, the Central Planning Bureau assumed inflation of 1.8 percent for 2022. ABN Amro assumes inflation of 1.2 percent. But FNV assumes the inflation rate of October of the year preceding the year under negotiation.
The wage demands of FNV come down to a wage increase of 7.9 percent for someone who earns the minimum wage and 5.5 percent for someone who earns the average.
More permanent jobs
FNV also wants more permanent jobs instead of flexible jobs. This involves hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to Boufangacha. He does not want to mention absolute numbers. He does say that for all work that is structural, a permanent job should be the norm.
The union also aims to ensure that employees with a demanding profession can retire earlier.
FNV wants crucial professions to become more attractive by increasing wages. The union has also been calling for a minimum wage of 14 euros per hour for some time. That would then have to be earned by everyone from the age of 18.
Due to the shortage of personnel in many sectors, FNV is in a good starting position, Boufangacha expects. “But we are now demanding actions, considerably more contracts for an indefinite period of time for all the structural work there is.”