EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Netherlands
Region: Oost-Nederland
Location of affected unit(s): Municipalities of Noordoostpolder, Urk, Steenwijkerland


Sector: Health / social work
Residential care and social work activities
88.1 - Social work activities without accommodation for the elderly and disabled
Number Employed: 1770

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 19-05-2016
Planned Job Reductions min: 254
Planned Job Reductions max: 254
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2016

Additional Information

The home care and healthcare provider ZONL, active in the eastern Dutch municipalities of Noordoostpolder, Urk and Steenwijkerland, has initiated dismissal procedures with the national employment agency for 254 of its employees. It concerns all of ZONL's domestic help employees, as ZONL is closing down its domestic care branch entirely by the end of 2016 because it is incurring too many losses. Previous actions by the trade union did not bring the management to reconsider. The losses follow the nation-wide decentralisation of the responsibility to provide home care to the municipal level in 2013, which was accompanied by budget cuts and a subsequent squeeze on home care prices. ZONL had announced job losses among domestic help employees of roughly equal size for the end of 2014, which were averted by a one-time subsidisation by the national government. However, this could not prevent the dismissal of 430 other employees in 2015, or the current round of dismissals of those employees whose jobs had been saved by the subsidisation. All concerned employees will receive job transition services.