The Collective Agreement (CA) in the metallurgical and electronics sector is a written agreement on working conditions such as working time, wages, bonuses, overtime pay, probation and notice periods and pensions. Collective agreements cover a wide range of wage issues and conditions, including early retirement, training leave, the organization of a worker`s work-long leave, the place of women, the protection of persons with disabilities and the environment. Increasingly, the agreements provide for a number of benefits from which individual employees can choose. The agreements also deal with procedural issues such as the competence and status of members of works councils or trade union groups in the workplace. Collective agreements are legally binding on the affiliation of employers` and trade union organisations that sign them. However, employers who sign an agreement are required to offer the same conditions to non-union members, so that in practice all workers, whether unionized or not, are covered. In addition, social partners can ask the government to make its mandate mandatory for all workers in a given industrial sector. To do so, the agreement must already cover a “significant part” of the workforce in the sector – usually 55% or more. THE CNV`s affiliated unions are particularly active in the workplace and take care of the collective and individual interests of their members. In addition to negotiating collective agreements, usually at the sectoral level in the Netherlands, THE CNV unions also monitor working time, occupational safety and health, wages, redundancy procedures, benefits, allowances and pensions.
In addition, the CNV provides individual members with free services such as legal assistance, education and assistance in areas such as tax returns. The vast majority of Dutch workers are involved in collective bargaining, particularly at the industry level.