FNV and NGG members strike Jacobs Douwe Egberts in Utrecht, Netherlands and in 7 locations across Germany

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) workers in Utrecht, Netherlands and in 7 German locations (Bremen, Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Elmshorn, Leipzig and Darmstadt) took strike action on November 22. In Utrecht, workers successfully shut down production at JDE for 24 hours, the duration of the strike. Joining together with about 200 FNV JDE strikers in Utrecht, NGG traveled with a group of striking German JDE workers to Utrecht in a show of solidarity. The IUF Secretariat and IUF-EFFAT were also represented in Utrecht to give international support to this joint action.

Strikers

Workers at JDE in Utrecht and in Joure (Netherlands), where FNV members held a 1-day strike on November 19, want a fair collective bargaining agreement. According to Niels Suijker of the FNV: ‘Last year Jacobs Douwe Egberts made a 431 million euro profit and the company continues to do very well. The company has presented its final offer and now refuses to listen to the response of its own employees. It’s take it or leave it. Dutch and German employees today are fighting together for fair collective agreements. That’s a strong message that JDE can and should not ignore.’

In Germany, JDE workers and their union the NGG are in a dispute over basic trade union rights. JDE has unilaterally terminated its agreement with the NGG and refuses to negotiate with the union, a violation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The company is instead attempting to reach agreements with the works council – which, according to German labour law, is illegal.
Group%20shot

Source

Disclaimer: All third-party opinions expressed via IASWI accounts linked to and from this page are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent those of IASWI or its affiliates. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied. To discuss this disclaimer or the removal of appropriate credit for materials of which you hold copyright please contact us. All the third party videos and contents found on workers-iran.org is not hosted on our servers; all third party videos or contents are hosted on a third party site. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and news sources on the www.workers-iran.org do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the IASWI or official policies of the IASWI. These posts are only generated for the purpose of information sharing on the labour related issues.