This is a video of Dutch trade union FNV Bondgenoten against plans of the Dutch government to make it easier for bosses to dismiss workers.
From Thomson Financial news:
Unilever strikes loom after company announces 3 factory closures, 474 job cuts
10.10.07, 3:14 AM ET
AMSTERDAM – Unilever NV is facing an increasing likelihood of labour action after the company announced yesterday that it will close three Dutch factories and shed 474 jobs, according to reports in the Dutch media.
Prior to yesterday’s announcement, labour unions FNV Bondgenoten and CNV Voeding both issued ultimatums that expire this afternoon after recent negotiations towards a collective workers agreement stalled.
The unions demanded, among other things, guarantees that Unilever’s plans to reorganise its operations and downsize its workforce would not result in forced lay-offs.
FNV Bondgenoten said in a statement following the factory closures announcement that it will call for labour action if its demands are not met by 3.00 pm CET, and will discuss future steps with members on Thursday.
CNV Voeding said on its website that workers were already concerned about the impact of Unilever’s reorganisation and that with three factories closing ‘those fears have been confirmed’.
CNV’s ultimatum expires at 1.00 pm CET.
Those ultimatums have expired; and on 10 October, 22:00 Central European Time, a general strike began.