Pensioners Seek More Clout in Unions’ Link Up
May 15, 2007
The largest union FNV and the union for the elderly
ANBO are thinking of building closer ties to provide more clout for
“Both parties could develop common policies, for example, on second
pillar pensions, the state pension AOW and income,” ANBO spokesman Frank
van der Aa said.
Moreover, as part of the FNV organisation, the ANBO could get a seat on
the Social and Economic Council (SER) and the Labour Foundation (Star),
Recent common initiatives, such working on as on the AOW gap, have
revealed the activities of FNV and ANBO in relation to pensioners are
both overlapping and complementary, the organisations said in a joint
According to Van der Aa, the ANBO would like to have a say in issues
such as indexation and, in particular, would like participation on the
boards of pension schemes.
“We are not happy with the present voluntary arrangements on
participation, and we will certainly press for legislation,” he stressed.
FNV governor Leo Hartveld also suggested “a link up is a golden
opportunity for the solidarity between young and older workers” as he
believe “an extended service could keep elderly members longer with our
The ANBO has over 186,000 members – a number which could be more than
doubled and would make ANBO the largest union for the elderly if all FNV
members over the age of 65 are allowed to join the ANBO. Together, the
ANBO and the FNV could have almost 1.4m members.
FNV and ANBO plans are still subject to consultation but if their
members agree, the new set-up could start as of 1 January 2008.
Elsewhere, the Dutch Association of Insurers (VvV) and Care Insurers
Netherlands (ZN) announced they have entered into an agreement which
could lead to a merger in 2009.
Thanks to the new private care system introduced in the Netherlands last
year, the differences between the Dutch National Health Service (‘ziekenfondsen’)
and private care insurers have disappeared so the interests of VvV and
ZN have increasingly synchronised, both parties said.
“As an added benefit, a closer cooperation will make the development of
care-integrated pension products easier,” VvV spokesman Hennie Zoontjes
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