BRUSSELS Nov 13 Union leaders at KPN
said the Dutch telecoms operator would face industrial action in
the Netherlands if it did not accede to wage demands by
KPN, which has been in wage talks since April, has raised
its initial offer to a proposed rise of 1.4 percent covering the
13-month period from April 2012, unions said.
"The total package which was offered by KPN on Oct. 31 is
below our minimum demands on all points," a spokesman for union
Qlix said on Tuesday.
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 said in April it would cut 4,000-5,000 jobs in the
Netherlands two years earlier than planned.
Unions said they would announce any industrial action later
in the week. "As far as I am concerned, this industrial action
could also hit parts of KPN that are crucial to providing
services, to show that we mean it," said a spokesman for
Abvakabo-FNV, KPN's largest union.
KPN was not available to comment.
(Reporting By Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Dan Lalor)