Kloos, Andre - from Netherlands
Country of meeting: in the year 1975
Was a Dutch politician, trade union leader and chairman of the VARA. Kloos, son of the overseer of a shipping company Johannes Jacobus Kloot and of Seraphina Rosalia Geerts, began his career as an assistant accountant in 1939. In 1952 he obtained the degree in economics and statistics. In the meantime he had joined the Dutch Trade Union Confederation (NVV) as an administrative assistant, which later became part of the FNV. He became a member of the NVV's scientific bureau and then deputy director of that bureau. In 1956 he became a member of the day-to-day management of the NVV and in 1965 he became its chairman. From 1969 to 1970 he was also chairman of the European Confederation of Free Trade Unions in the European Community (ECFTU).
As trade union chairman, Kloos opposed the wage law of Minister Roolvink, member of Cabinet de Jong (1967-1971). The new law was intended to allow the government to intervene in the collective bargaining process. The trade union movement did not want this. Eventually, a law was passed stating that the government had the power to intervene in collective agreements in emergency situations. Acceptance of the law led to a boycott of wage negotiations by the trade union movement.
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