The unions and DLO differ on a possible supplement to the state unemployment benefit. It is the latest disagreement in collective labour agreement negotiations that have been going on for over two years.
A change in the law means that as of 1 July, the maximum period for unemployment benefit will gradually be reduced from three to two years. The unions want DLO to guarantee full payment. Now is the time to discuss this, says Rob van Baalen, the FNV union negotiator. ‘I won’t be signing anything if there’s no compensation for the third benefit year.’ DLO does not want to talk about a new non-statutory unemployment scheme at present, preferring to postpone that until later this year.