The corona crisis is ensuring that more young people find their way into the union. In the largest trade union in the Netherlands, the FNV, 100 to 150 members join every day. With the sprint, the Union’s net outflow will decrease slightly.
The union sees that young people in particular, traditionally the least represented group, have found their way to the FNV due to the corona crisis. “Young people found, ‘I actually have a very insecure contract,'” said a union spokesman.
These young people work in sectors such as hospitality, tourism and retail, where they often work on-call with zero hour contracts. The corona pandemic took away much of that work and left it without income.
The trend is bittersweet for FNV because it takes a pandemic to keep the youngsters. The largest Dutch trade union has been looking for more young people within the organization due to its aging membership.
For this reason, a youth strategy was drawn up a few years ago under the care of Chairman Han Busker to allow more young dogs to join the union. Guest lectures at secondary vocational schools and a new social media strategy should, among other things, attract younger members.