Dutch collective ‘generation pact’ between older and younger workers

The Dutch unions FNV and CNV have concluded a collective agreement with the health care provider Fokus, which includes a ‘generation pact’ allowing for working hours to be transferred from older to newer employees, while safeguarding pension rights. This agreement enables workers within four years before their retirement to reduce their working hours by 20% with a reduction in pay of 10%, while its pension contributions remain at the same level. The extra hours will be redistributed among the newer staff. Workers over the age of 58 will also not have to carry out night shifts.

Additionally, the collective agreement allows workers with (informal) care responsibilities to get extra paid leave.

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