Poor employment standards in the Netherlands
Lead NCPNetherlands
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by the trade union FBV Eemshaven regarding the activities of NUON, a multinational enterprise operating in the Netherlands.
Theme(s)Employment and industrial relations
Date27 Jul 2012
Host country(ies)Netherlands
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorConstruction

In July 2012 the Netherlands NCP received a request for review from the trade union FNV Eemshaven alleging that NUON, a Dutch multinational enterprise, had breached the employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines in the Netherlands with their dealings with subcontractors who would not observe standards of employment equivalent to those observed by comparable employers in The Netherlands.

After completing an initial assessment on 17 December 2013, the NCP accepted the specific instance. The NCP facilitated a dialogue between the parties and as a result they reached a joint solution regarding the steps to be taken by Nuon to further increase its influence on the supply chain. They agreed that Nuon will make changes to future contracts with its principal contractors in order to promote compliance with agreements throughout the supply chain. More specifically, this means that Nuon will require its principal contractors to impose the same obligations on their suppliers and subcontractors as those that Nuon imposes on its principal contractors with regard to conditions of employment, wage rates and compliance with national and European legislation.

The NCP accordingly concluded the specific instance and issued a final statement (in Dutch) regarding the details of the specific instance and its conclusion.