It is virtually impossible for an individual businessperson to influence legislation and regulations and to initiate a new policy. Koninklijke Metaalunie has been lobbying for the collective interests of Dutch SMEs active in the metal industry in the name of the business community for more than 100 years. Because Metaalunie is directly involved in and has a seat in many national and political consultation bodies, it works on ensuring a healthy business climate for all SMEs in the Netherlands.
Metaalunie is an important factor in Dutch politics. Its reputation and extensive members guarantee that politicians listen to the businessperson who is active in the metal industry. The most visible collective lobbying in a social area concerns the conclusion of collective bargaining agreements. Reducing the administrative burden, adjusting the occupational health and safety and the environment policy, stimulating exports and innovation and ensuring a better harmonisation between education and the labour market are also important collective items to be addressed.
Collective lobbying transcends far across our borders. The corporate sector, after all, must deal with international developments, legislation and rules. Koninklijke Metaalunie, therefore, also represents Dutch SMEs that are active in the metal industry in Europe.
In addition to collective lobbying, individual member advice is one of the key tasks of Koninklijke Metaalunie. The market, legislation and regulations are becoming ever more complex and, therefore, members can approach Metaalunie when they have questions related to the social legal, corporate legal, administrative law, commercial and taxation fields. This may, for example, concern issues such as general terms and conditions, salary calculations, dismissal issues and business succession. Field staff members are the first point of contact for the corporate sector in ten Metaalunie districts. They maintain personal contact.
Metaalunie provides access to discounts and favourable rates for occupational health and safety care, collections, courses and training, insurance, improvement of operational management and legal representation (this is not an exhaustive list). Fuel, workwear and postal shipment discounts are also available.