The Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU) made a final offer last night after the trade union FNV Zorg & Welzijn issued an ultimatum. The union called the final offer ‘disappointingly low’ and are therefore thinking of stopping on September 28. The FNV wants all members to work a Sunday shift that day.
Over the next two weeks, the FNV will gauge the reactions to the offer from members in Dutch academic hospitals. In the meantime, preparations for the strike continue.
According to the union, only nurses and doctor’s assistants will gain slightly in salary in the final offer. Most employees receive a 1 percent structural salary increase and a one-off payment of 750 euros gross in three years, FNV reports.
NFU reported that it offers members a structural wage increase of 3.5 percent as of August 1, 2022. In addition, staff will receive a one-off payment of 3.5 percent over 2021 and an increase in the irregularity allowance. NU’91, the professional organization for carers and nurses, welcomed the proposal.
However, according to FNV, the proposal is not enough and the union is threatening to take action. “The NFU has continuously indicated in the past 10 months that it has no money for better employment conditions. A study by consultancy firm EY showed that the UMCs are financially the most healthy of all healthcare institutions with a solvency of more than 30 percent.”