KPN to meet unions for last ditch wage talks on Thursday

BRUSSELS Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:54am EST

BRUSSELS Nov 17 (Reuters) - Dutch telecoms group KPN will return to final wage talks with its Dutch employees on Thursday after unions threatened industrial action, a spokesman for the company's largest union said on Saturday.

Unions had set the group a Saturday deadline after talks over a collective wage deal and terms for staff cuts ground to a halt in late October.

Unions want a 3 percent wage rise over 21 months and improvements to severance conditions offered to employees who will be made redundant in a cost-cutting programme.

KPN had said in April it would cut 4,000-5,000 jobs in the Netherlands.

After a meeting with KPN's management, both parties agreed to meet on Nov. 22 in a final effort to come to an agreement, a spokesman for Abvakabo-FNV, the group's largest union, told Reuters.

"We agreed with KPN not to call a strike until that date," the spokesman said.

KPN was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting By Robert-Jan Bartunek. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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