Allied Union

The Allied Union (Dutch: Bondgenoten, Bond) was a general union representing workers in the Netherlands.


The union was founded in 1998, with the merger of the Food Workers' Union, the Industrial Workers' Union, the Services Union, and the Transport Workers' Union. Like all its predecessors, it affiliated to the Dutch Federation of Trade Unions (FNV). The merger was intended to increase the co-ordination between union activity in different industries and spur innovative forms of organisation.[1]

On formation, the union had 499,285 members, and was the FNV's largest affiliate.[2] It was organised in eight sectors: agriculture and the environment, services, trade, industry, ICT, metal, transport, and welfare and pensioners. In 1999, the independent Federated Railway Trade Association merged in.[3]

Despite its size, the union struggled, and its financial position weakened. By 2013, membership had fallen to 455,734, and in 2015, it dissolved, its members becoming direct members of the FNV.[4]


1998: Henk Krul[5]
1999: Hans de Vries[6]
2002: Henk van der Kolk[7]
2013: Ellen Dekkers[8]


  1. ^ "BOUWEN AAN EEN NIEUWE FNV". VHV. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  2. ^ Ebbinghaus, Bernhard; Visser, Jelle (2000). Trade Unions in Western Europe Since 1945. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 463–465. ISBN 0333771125.
  3. ^ Akkerman, Agnes (12 April 2001). "Staking uit vrees voor ledenverlies". Trouw. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Amsterdam – een werelddorp, vanuit vakbondsperspectief beschouwd". VHV. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Vakbondsleider Henk Krul altijd recht door zee". Trouw. 11 January 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Opbouwwerker naar top Bondgenoten". Trouw. 16 June 1999. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Henk van der Kolk Ik hoop dat Agnes en ik ooit zeggen: zand erover". Trouw. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
  8. ^ "FNV Bondgenoten kiest Ellen Dekkers tot nieuwe voorzitter". 22 March 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2020.

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