The vast majority of FNV members working in greenhouse horticulture do not agree with the employers’ final proposal.
According to the union, there is a significant gap between the employers’ final offer and the FNV’s wage requirements. Employer representatives are proposing a 3 percent increase in wages from January 1, 2023, and by 2 percent from July 1, 2023. Director Linda Slugter of FNV Agrarisch Groen claims that with this proposal, the number of employees will certainly be reduced by 5 percent.
Slagter calls the decision of the members of the FNV not to agree to this bold. She also believes that employees’ loyalty to their employers is too often put to the test. “We are disappointed by this and are asking employers to come up with a better offer.”
General price compensation
The FNV wants the increase in living expenses to be reflected in wages. In addition, the trade union proposes to include general price compensation in the collective agreement. Slugter says FNV understands that greenhouse gardeners are having a hard time too, but she also sees that more and more employees no longer know how to financially support this.
“This is leading to dissatisfaction in the workplace, and the employers’ final proposal for a collective bargaining agreement does not improve the situation,” said the union’s chief executive. According to FNV, an average of about 35,000 employees are engaged in greenhouse horticulture. During the peak season, this number is much higher.