Trade unions in the Netherlands

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Trade Unions play a major role in the corporatist Dutch economy .

Dynamics

In 2001 about 25% of the Dutch people who were employed were organized in a union. There are three major unions: the Christian-democratic "Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV)", the social-democratically oriented "Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV)" and the "Federation of Managerial and Professional Staff Unions (MHP)". All are federations of sector-based labour unions. The FNV is with about 1,4 million members [1] the largest of the three. The CNV has 350.000 [2] members and the MHP 160.000. [3] The FNV has 17 affiliate unions, the CNV 11 and the MHP 4.

Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond trade union

The Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond is a federation of trade unions of the Netherlands.

Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging trade union

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Federation of Managerial and Professional Staff Unions Dutch national trade union center

The Federation of Managerial and Professional Staff Unions (MHP) is a national trade union center in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1966 as the NCHP, until 1990, when it became the Vakcentrale MHP.

The labour unions play a major role in the Dutch economy because, first, they bargain with employers' organizations over wages and working conditions (these deals are binding for all employed people), and second, they advise the government on economic legislation through its membership of the Social-Economic Council (SER). [4]

Economy of the Netherlands National economy

According to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Netherlands was the 18th largest economy of the world in 2012 with an estimated population of about 16.9 million inhabitants.. Its GDP per capita was estimated at roughly $48,860 in the fiscal year 2017/18 which makes it one of highest-earning nations in the world. Between 1996 and 2000, annual economic growth (GDP) averaged over 4%, well above the European average of 2.5% at the time. Growth slowed considerably in 2001–05 as part of the global economic slowdown. 2006 and 2007 however showed economic growth of 3-4% per annum. The Dutch economy was hit considerably by the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and the ensuing European sovereign-debt crisis.

Traditionally Dutch labour unions were part of the pillarized structure of society. Each social group had a pillar: the Protestants (CNV), the Catholics (NKV, merged into FNV), the social-democrats (NVV, merged into FNV) and the syndicalists (NAS).

The Nederlands Verbond van Vakverenigingen was a Dutch social-democratic trade union.

National Labor Secretariat

The National Labor Secretariat was a trade union federation in the Netherlands from 1893 to 1940.

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References

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  2. "English". Cnv.nl. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2010-10-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Members of the SER - SER". Ser.nl. Retrieved 5 October 2017.