Lodewijk de Waal tapes
- Oral History project
- Three interviews with Lodewijk de Waal
Lodewijk de Waal (Rotterdam 1950) was chairman of the trade union FNV from 1997 to 2005.
Journalist Leonard Ornstein (VPRO) and IISH researcher Dennie Oude Nijhuis spoke with him about his time as leader of the FNV. Of course about his vision of the movement in that period. But they also asked him about more recent developments. Once again, this yielded wonderful material is included in the IISH collection and made available to researchers and anyone interested via the website. Interviews are in Dutch.
De Waal got the country moving. You may remember the massive demonstration against the austerity policies of cabinet Balkenende 2 in 2004. It is also the period in which major reforms have been implemented. The negotiating position of the social partners (in the formulation and implementation of socio-economic policy) changed, social security was reformed and flexible work took off.
A striking period for Dutch labor relations.
De Waal held various positions within the trade union movement. In 1992, he was elected to the federation board of the FNV, his main task was collective bargaining. From 1997-2005 he was FNV chairman and vice-chairman of the Social and Economic Council (SER).