Collective Labor Agreement for Public Transport: Latest updates and discussions – News

Collective Labor Agreement for Public Transport: Latest updates and discussions – News
Collective Labor Agreement for Public Transport: Latest updates and discussions – News

Collective Labor Agreement negotiations

The formal negotiations for the collective labor agreement will start in the second week of January 2025. We will gradually discuss broad topics in future consultations. To start with, 3 dates will be planned before the end of the current collective labor agreement. It has been agreed to exchange collective labor agreement proposals one week before the first round of negotiations.

Concession changes/agreements article 40 WP 2000

In the event of concession changes, we want to enter into consultations within one month of the final award in order to conduct the so-called “Article 40” consultation. These consultations are often started too late. We also strive to ensure that the agreements of the “Article 40” consultation are established and signed before the concession is actually transferred to the new carrier.

Deployment of migrant workers

Due to the staff shortage, we see that many carriers are switching to using migrant workers. However, we are very concerned about the security risks posed by the language barrier. It is crucial that all employees, including migrant workers, fully understand the important communication between traffic controllers and drivers to ensure (social) safety. Communication between traffic controllers and drivers, for example, takes place in Dutch, which means that migrant workers may miss important information. We have also clearly indicated to employers that the use of migrant workers may never lead to unfair competition, job displacement or poor housing. Migrant workers must have the same rights and working conditions as other employees. We will of course continue to monitor this.

Reducing absenteeism due to illness

Employers have indicated that they want to discuss positive ways to reduce absenteeism due to illness. We believe that illness is not a choice and that is why we are cautious about rewarding or punishing people who are ill. We would like to emphasize that we are open to constructive measures to improve employee well-being.

RVU scheme is ending

The RVU scheme expires at the end of 2025. CNV, FNV and VCP held consultations at national level with the employers’ organization VNO/NCW between June and November 2023 about the future of the current RVU scheme. The unions’ commitment is to continue and improve the RVU scheme. The current decline in income that employees face when they use the RVU scheme still prevents many employees from participating. That is why one of our demands is that the amount of the “RVU amount” is increased, so that employees maintain a decent income when they use the scheme.

Despite all the discussions that unions and employers’ organizations have had, no agreement has been reached. Because there is no agreement between trade unions and employer organizations, the ministry has indicated that it will not extend the RVU scheme after December 31, 2025, let alone improve it. Trade unions no longer see a solution in further discussions and that is why the trade unions (CNV, FNV and VCP) have decided to jointly issue an ultimatum to the State. The ultimatum was issued on Wednesday, May 1 and expires on Wednesday, May 15. If the State is not prepared to make firm and concrete agreements before May 15, we will be forced to prepare collective actions. It is not yet known what these actions will look like, when these actions will take place and in which sectors they will take place, but it is quite possible that we will also call on you to take action with the aim of improving the RVU scheme. extend and improve. Naturally, we do this in consultation with the collective labor agreement committee and we will inform our members about this in a timely and complete manner. But of course we hope that it does not have to come to this.

In the current collective labor agreement for public transport, we do have an agreement with employers that if the RVU scheme is continued after 2025, this scheme will be automatically adopted. So we don’t have to renegotiate that.

Survey about workload agreements

We would like to know how the agreements regarding workload are implemented in practice. That is why the CNV is sending a survey to all its members in city and regional transport before the summer to gauge this. We would like to ask you to complete all of these so that we get a clear and representative picture. The results of this survey will be shared with employers. In addition, the results will of course also be included in the new collective labor agreement process.


The next consultation with employers is scheduled for July 5. We then also receive an overview from the employers of the number of employees who participate or will participate in the RVU or the generation pact. Apparently it differs greatly per employer as to how many employees make use of this scheme.

To ask?

If you have any questions and/or comments, please email them to [email protected] or [email protected]

Kick-off conference on June 14

On June 14, CNV is organizing a kick-off conference to celebrate the merger of CNV Vakmensen, CNV Connectief, CNV Jongeren and CNV Vakcentrale. And you are very welcome to come and celebrate this with us. To register and for the entire day program, [klik hier]

Directors CNV
Hanane Chikhi: [email protected]
Evert Jan van de Mheen: [email protected]

The article is in Dutch

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