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Introduction *)

The CLA Banks has a long history and has developed over time into a framework CLA in which a large number of different banks and financial institutions are participants. Banks vary in terms of identity and structure. Around two thirds of the participating banks and financial institutions have their head office outside the Netherlands and it is their branch in the Netherlands that is affiliated to the CLA Banks.

The banking sector is undergoing technological development and digitalisation. At the same time, there are major social issues, such as climate change, security and the reform of the labour market. In 2020, agreements were made on a new pension system that will be further elaborated upon in the coming period.

Since March 2020, there has been the additional major impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In line with government policy, the majority of banking employees moved to working from home as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. A large number of banks were already accustomed to working independent of time and location. A number of banks, including foreign banks with a branch in the Netherlands, made this move as a result of Covid-19. Working from home had not previously been the norm.

For all banks, Covid-19 accelerated the general move to alternative working practices. The banking sector was a leader in the general move to working from home and the transition to permanent alternative working practices. There is a widespread perception that working from home will become more common in the future.

The high degree of uncertainty regarding the actual economic and social effects of the Covid-19 pandemic over time and the radical change in working practices call for continuing attention to agility. Due to these uncertain factors and their impact, the parties have agreed a short-term CLA with an agreement on structural pay and two study arrangements on changes to working practices and on the pension Pensions Agreement agreement. The outcomes of these studies will be reflected in forward-looking agreements between the CLA parties.

  • Werkgeversvereniging Banken
  • CNV Vakmensen
  • De Unie

*) This is a translated version of the original Dutch text. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between the English text and the Dutch text, the Dutch text shall prevail. No rights can be derived from this translated version.

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