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The strike at the Wehkamp distribution center in Maurik, Gelderland, is over. The employees agreed on Monday evening with a final result that the FNV negotiated in which the severance pay was improved.

On Monday 20 July, some fifty employees left work. It was the first time that Wehkamp personnel went on strike.

Wehkamp owner Apax wants to close the distribution center in Maurik. Jobs are also disappearing in Zwolle, where the head office is located. In total, 82 people risk losing their jobs.

The employees are not satisfied with the social plan that the employer has proposed. They want higher severance pay and better guidance in finding a new job.

In the agreement that has now been concluded, the employees receive 40 to a maximum of 150 percent more compared to Wehkamp’s final offer. The striking workers have now agreed to this. In addition to the allowance, the redundant staff also receive a budget for training and guidance to new work.

Employees will return to work on Tuesday.

Wehkamp doubled profit

Earlier on Monday, Wehkamp reported that the profit in the past financial year, which ended at the webshop on March 31, 2020, more than doubled to 24 million euros. The corona outbreak also saw sales of furniture and garden items increase, while apparel sales declined.

The web store says that the strongly increased profit was due to the new business strategy. The company focuses on products with which more profit can be achieved. This includes home furnishing articles.

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