Today, 538 childcare locations across the country are on strike. FNV members lay down their work for a whole day because this union and the employers cannot reach an agreement on tackling the workload.
In some cases, a location closes today. Reception centers try to arrange emergency care for children with parents in crucial professions or for vulnerable children. However, the action can cause problems for some organizations according to industry association BK. Childcare centers are not allowed to hire extra people, because that goes against the strike law.
It is expected that more than 2 percent of the staff will stop working – about 2,500 people – while a total of 110,000 employees are working in the Netherlands spread over 17,223 locations. The ‘national’ strike affects only 3.1 percent of all locations, a calculation shows. The 538 locations that will be on strike today, can be found here.
The day of action is a huge burden for parents who are affected. They should have been informed about the strike at their location a few days ago, but now have to put in some effort to put their children elsewhere during the normal working day.
Angry employees of the day care, out-of-school care, after-school care and pre-school & early education are meeting in Nieuwegein this morning, where they will register as strikers. They will also have a conversation with members of parliament Gijs van Dijk (PvdA) and Peter Kwint (SP).
The FNV is behind the first national childcare strike in twenty years. The union wants employers to adjust the group size, but they say that only the Ministry of Social Affairs and the GGD supervisor can opt for a smaller maximum group size. They want to discuss this with these parties.
Group helpers back
However, according to the union, it is the choice of each individual employer to decide whether they want to make the groups smaller. In addition, the FNV members want the group helpers to return, so that they can devote all their attention to the children, instead of the dirty dishes.
The employees in childcare also want the availability day to be abolished. A pedagogical employee must be available on this day with the option of being called up.
The employers in childcare state that they have submitted an excellent final offer, in which everything possible is done to relieve the workload. They blame the FNV for ‘profiling urge’, because this union – unlike the CNV – would push through strikes that a large part of the supporters do not want. FNV Zorg & Welzijn also refuses to indicate how many members work in childcare and how high the number of members is that approved today’s national strike action.
To the childcare
When your child goes to daycare for the first time, it’s a big step. Perhaps even more for you than for your child. Which childcare do you choose? How does that work if you have registered your child? And what do the days at daycare actually look like for your child? Parents of Nu sort everything out.
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