Recently, employers Healthcare Transport and Taxi (KNV) made the trade unions a final offer, which included a wage increase of more than 12%. Trade unions FNV and CNV have now issued an ultimatum after their supporters rejected the final offer. In the ultimatum, unions are repeating virtually all the proposals they have made since the start of negotiations in May, with an aggregate wage increase of more than 40%. If employers do not agree, actions and possible strikes will follow. Employers have now informed unions that they do not agree with the demands. The ultimatums are therefore not considered. KNV finds it incomprehensible that the unions continue to adopt such a stubborn attitude.
The employers' association attaches great importance to a new collective labor agreement based on the more than reasonable final offer. That gives peace and clarity to everyone. There is support for the final offer among more than 74% of the employees who were surveyed via KNV members. It is remarkable and completely unacceptable that a small group of employees (around 150) within the unions determine the course and block a new collective agreement, in fact on the back of more than 22.000 employees. This causes unrest among employees who would like the much-needed 1% wage increase as of 8 January next.
KNV believes that trade unions have not made realistic proposals and have therefore raised the wrong expectations among their supporters. Compared to what is currently agreed on average during collective labor agreements, the KNV's offer is exceptional. The employers' association has included in the earlier final offer that wages will rise by more than 12%, including 8% as of 1 January next and 4% as of 1 January 2024. On average, 4,2% (on 12-month basis) agreed.
An initial calculation of the unions' proposals can result in a cost increase of around 41,5% for a company. That may differ slightly per company, but unions really have no idea what they are proposing given the cost increases that companies currently have (such as fuel costs). KNV also sees that it makes no sense to try to make a modified proposal in parts. There is a good final offer from employers.