Dutch online retailers formed a collective labor agreement

The newly founded employer’s organization is anticipated to be a voice for affiliated companies towards policymakers


Dutch online retailers formed a collective labor agreement. Source:

Dutch online retailers have formed an employer’s organization called E-commerce Netherlands, according to Ecommerce News.

This organization is supposed to strengthen the fast-growing branch. What is more, it is expected to bring Dutch e-commerce closer to forming a collective labor agreement.

As per the report, Dutch e-commerce is booming. Indeed, in 2020 it was worth €26.6 billion. It is estimated to be worth €55 billion in 2025, which means that at that point there will be 10 000 of employees working within the sector.

We want to anchor the image of an innovative, attractive sector. By working together we can make the e-commerce sector even stronger and create more jobs for the future. We will promote good social policy and agree on collective terms of employment for e-commerce companies
Daan Hermes, who is chairman of E-commerce Netherlands

However, there are specific requirements. Firstly, only pure online players can become members of the organization. At least 80% of their turnover has to come from direct or indirect business activities in e-commerce. Additionally, these companies need to have at least 100 employees.

There’s been an interest for collective terms of employment for e-commerce companies within the Netherlands for a while now.

Online giants such as Amazon and are entering an unregulated market here and will compete on things such as self-employment structures and low wages
Michiel Muller, co-founder of Dutch online supermarket Picnic

Picnic and branch organization InRetail were negotiating with other online companies about forming the employer’s organization. Dutch online retailer Wehkamp has expressed that it will join, while seems hesitant in using a labor agreement.

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