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In absence of deal, SKG solid board strike threat in the Netherlands looms larger



BRUSSELS , April 24, 2014 (RISI) - 

The conflict between Smurfit Kappa's solid board division and the FNV Bondgenoten trade union over job security guarantees related to the possible divestment of four solid board plants is not likely to be resolved soon. According to FNV regional manager Albert Kuiper, the two sides have not reached any agreement yet despite a series of talks over the past few weeks.

The trade union, which represents workers at SKG's four solid board plants in the Netherlands, were demanding that the firm provide a three year job guarantee for its employees at the Coevorden mill, the Hoogkerk mill, the Nieuweschans mill and the Oude Pekela mill, and agree to a 3% salary increase from February 2014. The demands came after SKG informed FNV that it was looking to sell its solid board division this year amid insufficient profitability, a move that could lead to plant closures and job losses, the trade union said.

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