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The Netherlands — Revolt against compulsory pension contributions for temporary employment agencies

05 August 2009

A group of smaller temporary staffing agencies represented by the Dutch Association of Staffing Companies (NVUB) questions the right of the more established Dutch Association of Temporary Work Agencies (ABU) to negotiate compulsory pension fund contributions with the government and is willing to take legal action, Het Financieele Dagblad reports.

In order to negotiate such mandatory contributions ABU needs to represent more than 50% of the Dutch staffing sector. ABU actually claim to represent 60% of the revenues generated in the industry with a membership of 370 staffing agencies.

NVUB argues that in spite of the requirement for ABU to provide membership and market data which is no older than one year, they have actually produced data from 2004. The Dutch Ministry for Social Affairs and Labour has responded to this by saying that “given the complexity of determining the numbers in this industry the data can be regarded as sufficient to assess the current situation.â€VbCrLf

Martin Pikaart, President of ‘Alternative to Trade Unions’ (AVV), which two years ago signed an alternative agreement with NVUB says that “smaller agencies can simply not afford to pay the contributions.â€VbCrLf

ABU has not responded to the allegations made by NVUB and says instead that “every agency must adhere to the agreements on the minimum working conditions.â€VbCrLf The Ministry for Social Affairs and Labour does equally not wish to comment until the case has been resolved legally.



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