Employers are hiding behind the corona pandemic in the collective labor agreement negotiations and as a result, employees could be left out when the economy recovers.

That is what Vice-President Zakaria Boufangacha of the FNV trade union said on Wednesday.

He fears that if the economy picks up again soon, wages will lag behind, just like after the previous crisis.

Boufangacha, who is responsible for the employment conditions policy at the union, says that the current collective labor agreement season is going "difficult".

He fears that as a result, not all employees will be able to benefit from the robust economic growth that is expected.

“Employers want to be careful,” Boufangacha says.

"We saw the same reflexes after the previous crisis. But growth expectations are strong and inflation is also expected to rise sharply. It therefore worries me that employers are very conservative."

If employees don't get enough, their wages will grow less rapidly than the economy grows, the vice president fears.

He also believes that a wage wave would be appropriate in the current tight labor market.

He hopes to see more of that in the second half of the year.

According to FNV, the average wage increase in the collective labor agreements concluded since 1 December is still 1.7 percent.

That is less than the inflation that the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) recently released for the month of May.

Employees are therefore declining in purchasing power, FNV argues.

The union's wage requirement has been set at 5 percent for a number of years.

It is not just the union that believes that wages should be raised.

Recently, President Klaas Knot of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) also advocated that companies should increase the wages of their staff more.

He understood that many employers have other concerns due to the corona crisis, but now that the prospects for the economic recovery look good, according to Knot, there should also be room to offer staff something extra.