We have been promoting the interests of professionals in high-tech industries since 1949. At the time, we were one of the first senior staff associations in the Netherlands. We started for N.V. Philips Gloeilampenfabriek (Philips Lightbulb Factory), but we soon became actively involved for members in a broad range of high-tech companies. From the beginning we have been promoting the interests of our members in a social, fair and proactive manner. The opinion of our members is extremely important; both with regard to negotiations on a CAO and for providing individual customisation.
We rely on dialogue when it comes to promoting interests. During the discussion we always arrive at creative, new solutions. It is our personal approach that distinguishes us from other representative bodies. By talking and listening to each other, we can connect people and support the careers of our members. Only in extreme cases, when dialogue has failed and/or our values are at stake, will we act with strong interventions to safeguard the interests of our members.
Justice, connection, ownership, integrity and vitality.
Our goal is to achieve equal labour relations and fair, equitable pay in the companies where we represent our members. We accomplish this by engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders and by seeking solutions based on mutual respect. We distinguish ourselves from other trade unions by not pointing the finger at others, but by accepting our responsibility and expecting the same from our members.
We have a great deal of expert knowledge and extensive experience with regard to the provision of collective and individual services. In practice, this makes us valuable for our members because:
In a rapidly changing environment, we want our way of representing interests to change with the needs of our members. We can only do this by constantly updating our way of working and in the range of services that we provide. We do this based on discussions with our members, but also with employers, so that we can make connections between the interests of all those involved. We always opt for dialogue and find possibilities for innovation in CAO results and individual career planning. We use the core values of our trade union as the foundation for relationships with our professional field.