Members of the FNV trade union have agreed to the new dairy collective labor agreement for FrieslandCampina employees. A large majority (77 percent) of the members agreed with the new employment contract.
The dairy manufacturer’s staff have recently stopped working in Meppel, among other places, in order to enforce a better wage offer. Strikes were also held at the locations in Marum, Noordwijk, Steenderen and Borculo.
The new agreements state that wages will rise by almost 12 percent in fifteen months. In addition, a scheme will be introduced that allows employees to retire early, FNV announces. The new terms of employment apply to around 12,000 people covered by the Dairy Collective Labor Agreement.
FNV director Ron Vos is optimistic about the new agreements. “We can be satisfied with what we have all managed to achieve together. There were great concerns in the workplace because inflation has taken a big hit. The agreements that we have now been able to make provide more peace of mind. “
According to the unions, the dairy employers did not want to offer more than an 8 percent wage increase and a one-off payment of 600 euros gross during the negotiations. The 24-hour strikes then broke out, including at FrieslandCampina in Meppel. Other employers in the dairy sector covered by the collective labor agreement are Arla Foods, Royal A-ware and Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods.