January 16, 2021


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Vopak employees receive 5 percent more wages

Vopak employees receive 5 percent more wages

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Employees of the tank storage company Vopak will receive 5 percent more wages in three years and can retire earlier. This is the result of months of collective bargaining between the FNV and CNV unions with management.

The three-year collective agreement applies to 740 employees. In the collective agreement a wage increase of 2 percent in 2021, 1.5 percent in 2022 and 1.5 percent in 2023 was agreed. In addition, the upper limit of a number of salary levels will be increased by 50 euros in 2021 and by 30 euros in 2022. From January 1, 2021, the participant’s contribution to the pension will be reduced by 1 to 3 percent.

In addition to the collective agreements, Vopak employees can retire four or five years earlier. Next year there will be a vacation savings program that can save up to 100 weeks vacation. “After intensive negotiations, thanks to the participation of our members, we achieved a good result,” says Asmae Hajjari, Director at FNV Havens.

A total of around 1200 people work at Vopak. The Rotterdam company has recently benefited from the large supply on the oil market, which means that there is a great demand for storage space. In addition to oil, Vopak also stores gases and chemicals, and demand for storage of these substances also remained strong in the third quarter.