VNO-NCW

VNO-NCW (known in English as the "Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers")[1] is a Dutch employers' federation founded in 1996 as a merger of the Christian-democratic Nederlands Christelijk Werkgeversverbond (NCW), which was founded as fusion of the Protestant PCW and the Catholic NKW, and the liberal Verbond van Nederlandse Ondernemingen (VNO). Both organizations had strong ties with the Protestant and liberal pillar, respectively.

The federation chose not to adopt a new name, but instead use the well-known acronyms of its constituent organizations.

ActivitiesEdit

The most important function of VNO-NCW is the CAO-talks, over wages and secondary working conditions, it holds with the trade unions. It also advises government via the Social Economic Council in which other employers' organizations, trade unions, and government-appointed experts also have seats.

List of Chairmen of the Christian Employers' associationEdit

Chairman of the
Christian Employers'
association (NCW)
Term of office Party
  Steef van Eijkelenburg
(1922–2009)
1 January 1979 –
1 January 1988
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Dr.
Koos Andriessen
(1928–2019)
1 January 1988 –
7 November 1989
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Dr.
Onno Ruding
(born 1939)
1 January 1990 –
21 March 1992
Christian Democratic Appeal
  Hans Blankert
(born 1940)
20 August 1992 –
31 December 1996
Independent

List of Chairmen of the Industry and Employers' associationEdit

Chairman of the
Industry and Employers'
association (VNO)
Term of office Party
  Chris van Veen
(1922–2009)
1 January 1974 –
1 November 1984
Christian Historical Union
  Kees van Lede
(born 1942)
1 January 1985 –
1 January 1991
Independent
  Dr.
Alexander Rinnooy Kan
(born 1949)
1 January 1991 –
31 December 1996
Democrats 66

List of Chairmen of the Industry and Employers confederationEdit

Chairman of the
Industry and Employers
confederation (VNO–NCW)
Term of office Party
  Hans Blankert
(born 1940)
1 January 1997 –
1 July 1999
Independent
  Jacques Schraven
(born 1942)
1 July 1999 –
1 July 2005
Independent
  Bernard Wientjes
(born 1943)
1 July 2005 –
1 July 2014
Independent
  Dr.
Hans de Boer
(born 1955)
1 July 2014 –
Incumbent
Independent

OrganizationEdit

VNO-NCW is the national employers' federation, it has 160 branch organizations as members, these organize 115,000 companies. This includes 80% of the smaller corporations and nearly all larger businesses.[1]

The VNO-NCW has got a General Board and Board. The general board meets six times a year, and sets the general policy. The Board manages the daily operation of VNO-NCW. The current chair is Bernard Wientjes. The last chairs of the organization have been member of either the liberal VVD or the Christian-democratic CDA.

Several formally independent regional employers' associations, VNO-NCW North, VNO-NCW West, the Employers' Association of Brabant and Zeeland, and the Employers' Association of Limburg, cooperate with VNO-NCW.

The organization publishes Forum, its own magazine. AWVN is an advisory organization linked to VNO-NCW specialized in labour relations. De Baak is an educative institution for leadership, entrepreneurship and professionals who seek for inspiration, personal development, knowledge, and insights. Evolved from the largest employer’s organization in the Netherlands (the VNO-NCW – also known as "the voice" of Dutch business).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "VNO-NCW in brief - The voice of Dutch business". VNO-NCW. Retrieved 5 June 2014.

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