Hygienic practices in the confectionery industry

On our call in October, we received many responses that the hygienic actions were not paid for. But we also got questions. What is covered by hygiene practices? What if you have to stay 5 or 10 minutes longer to finish your work?

How do you often feel?

You work with food, so you have to deal with hygienic actions, such as:

  • required to wear certain clothing that you are not allowed to wear outside;
  • wash and disinfect your hands;
  • wearing a hairnet.

If you have to be on the line at 15.00 to take over for your colleague, these actions happen before the start of your shift and they are often unpaid. The same applies at the end of shifts and at some companies also during breaks. Some companies also require you to be present at the workplace 5 minutes in advance.

What do we want?

We want this to be paid. If these actions cost you 5 minutes at a time, then these 5 minutes must be paid. It might only be 5 minutes at a time, but if the lunch break is included, it’s 20 minutes a day. With 5 days of work, it is already 100 minutes. With a salary of, for example, €2,600 gross, you miss out on almost €1,400 on an annual basis.

Need to stay 5 to 10 minutes longer?

We hear from members that employers often say they don’t have to pay for the first 15 minutes because it’s in the collective agreement. But the collective agreement states that no overtime allowance must be paid for the first 15 minutes. This means that the normal salary with matrix supplement must simply be paid.

If this is not paid, and if you add up to stay longer, start earlier and add up all hygiene actions, you can miss out on a lot of money. Below are some calculations so you can see what you’re missing out on.

Depending on your own situation, the amounts may vary!

What can you do?

Talk to your colleagues and get them involved in the union. Are your colleagues willing to tackle this with you and come to a meeting of the FNV? Let us know by sending an email to Zoetwaren@fnv.nl. We will then contact you to arrange a meeting. The more employees who participate, the stronger we are!

Calculate yourself

1. First, you need to know how much time you spend on these actions

You add up all the time you spend on hygienic actions and start earlier and stay longer. You will then arrive a few minutes a day. Sometimes you have to clock yourself how long you are involved in certain actions.

2. Then you check how much gross salary you get

The gross salary includes:

  • the wages from the hours worked;
  • any duty allowance;
  • any personal allowance
  • any other supplements

You add this together. On one payslip the total gross amount is already stated, with the other payslip you have to add it up yourself.

Example:

The gross salary consists of:

  • Collective salary (period salary 4 weeks): € 2435
  • 20% duty allowance (3 shifts):
    €2435 x 20% = €487
  • Personal allowance: € 100,–

Total gross salary € 3022

3. Determine your hourly wage

The collective agreement states: Hourly wage: 0.694% of the 4-week wage or 0.639% of the monthly wage.

In our example, we assume a 4-week salary.

You calculate the hourly wage by multiplying the gross wage € 3022 by 0.694%

€3022 x 0.694% = €20.97

If you have a monthly salary, you take your gross salary and then multiply this by 0.639%.

4. Determine the number of working days per year

The number of net working days you work is included in the collective agreement each year. For 2022 this is 230 working days to work 5 days a week.

If you only work 4 days, you can calculate this yourself as follows:

You divide 230 by 5 and multiply it by 4. Then you arrive at 184 net working days per year (230 : 5 = 46 x 4 = 184).

5. How many hours does it cost you on an annual basis

If you know the number of hours on an annual basis, you can also work out how much it will cost you in euros.

In our example we use: 20 minutes a day of hygienic actions and 230 working days for 2022.

First, calculate the number of minutes per year: Multiply the number of minutes per day you spend on these activities by the number of working days per year: 20 minutes x 230 working days = 4600 minutes per year.

Then you calculate the number of hours on an annual basis: 4600 minutes divided by 60 minutes = 76,67 hours on an annual basis

6. What does it cost you on an annual basis?

You calculate this by multiplying the number of hours on an annual basis by the hourly wage that you have calculated: 76.67 x €20.97 = €1,607.77

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