Since 1999, there have only been more strike actions in 2006 and 2017. In the latter year, there were 32 strikes, the highest number in thirty years’ time. The number of short strikes (less than one day) was the same in 2017 and 2018, namely 6. Actions lasting one to five working days and those lasting longer went down in number: both by 2, to 5 and 17 respectively. Work stoppages mainly occurred in the second quarter (12 strikes) and in the third quarter (11 strikes).
|Jaar||Number of strikes|
Fewer strike days and fewer employees
Last year, 239 thousand working days were lost as a result of labour strikes. This was 306 thousand in the previous year, the highest number in the past two decades. In 2002 as well, more days were lost than in 2018. Last year, around 34 thousand employees were involved in labour strikes on average, versus 147 thousand in 2017.
|Jaar||Lost working days|
More days lost in manufacturing and transport
Employees in manufacturing and in the transport and storage sector went on strike most often, namely 7 and 10 times respectively (13 and 12 times one year previously). The number of working days lost in manufacturing stood at approximately 54 thousand, up by 44 thousand compared to 2017. The transport and storage sector suffered 35 thousand lost days, a year-on-year increase of almost 33 thousand. The largest strike action took place in the education sector.
All strikes supported by trade unions
All strike actions were supported by the trade unions. The main reason to go on strike was because of collective bargaining issues, which was the case in 6 out of 10 strikes. In 14 percent of the actions, wage demands motivated employees to down tools and nearly 11 percent of the cases were related to other issues beyond the scope of the collective labour agreement.
28 percent of employees dissatisfied with salary
The Netherlands Working Conditions Survey (NEA) conducted by CBS and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) shows that 3 out of 10 employees were dissatisfied with their salary in 2018. Employees working in education, the service sector and in the health and welfare sector were least satisfied with their salary, i.e. 36, 32 and 32 percent respectively. Managers were most satisfied: 83 percent were (very) happy with their salary.
|Health and welfare||32||58||10|
|Transport and logistics||30||58||12|
|Creative and linguistic occupations||30||56||14|
|Public administration, security and legal||28||60||12|
|Business and administrative occupations||23||60||17|
|Source: CBS, TNO|