Strikes at Royal FloraHolland temporarily off the track

Actions and strikes at Royal FloraHolland have been shelved, at least for the time being. Trade unions FNV and CNV threatened to take action if the management of the company, known from the location in Eelde, would not respond to the requirements for a new collective labor agreement. It is not that far yet, because the unions have been invited for a new meeting.

“That is why we have suspended the actions until February 28,” says FNV director Jeroen Brandenburg NH News. On Tuesday, Brandenburg submitted an ultimatum to the management of Royal FloraHolland on behalf of the approximately 800 members at the four different auctions – in addition to Eelde, Aalsmeer, Rijnsburg and Naaldwijk. With that, the union gave the management until today 12:00 to prevent actions.

The parties have now completed seven rounds of negotiations. Nevertheless, Royal FloraHolland ‘sticks stubbornly to a paltry 100 euros gross per month and an additional 3 percent as of 1 March’, the union writes.

With travel allowance added, this offer substantially eases the pain, says Brandenburg. “But we want to get closer to repairing purchasing power,” said the director.

Spokesman Michel van Schie of Royal Flora Holland confirms that the management is meeting with the unions again. “This means that the pressure is off in the short term,” he says.

When asked whether the management sees room to move along with the wishes of the unions, he remains undecided. “Apparently there is reason for new consultations, you do that if there is room.”