Lodewjk de Waal

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(trade unionist, businessman)
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Born4 November 1950
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Lodewijk Justus de Waal is a Dutch director and former chairman of the Dutch Trade Union Federation (FNV) from 1997 to 2005, where he attended the 1999 Bilderberg conference.

Trade union movement

At school, de Waal founded a student union and joined the Socialist Youth. Due to his rebellious behavior and bad grades, he was expelled from high school.

In 1968 De Waal became an office clerk at an insurance company. A few years later, in 1973, he got his first job in a trade union; he became an administrative assistant at the service sector union Mercurius. In 1974 De Waal became a district administrator and later a collective labor agreement negotiator at Mercurius. De Waal became collective labor agreement coordinator in 1982 and chairman in 1988. In 1992 he transferred to Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV), where he succeeded Johan Stekelenburg as chairman in 1997. Lodewijk de Waal was chairman of the FNV until 25 May 2005. He was succeeded by Agnes Jongerius.

From July 2006 to December 2010 Lodewijk De Waal was director of the humanitarian aid organization Humanitas. His predecessor was Marius Ernsting. On 1 December 2010, De Waal was succeeded by Eva Scholte as general manager of Humanitas. In the same year he was made an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.

ING board

On 22 October 2008, De Waal became a member of the Supervisory Board of the bank ING on behalf of the Dutch state. The appointment was part of a major support operation to keep ING afloat. De Waal, who as FNV chairman had opposed too high bonuses and salaries at the top of the business community, and had argued for a "kleptocrat tax", was jointly responsible in March 2011 for granting millions of bonuses to the ING top leadership. These bonuses sparked great political turmoil.[1] PvdA chairman Lilianne Ploumen called De Waal's actions "shameful, incomprehensible and indefensible". De Waal spoke of a fatwa and of an "inquisition mentality".[2]


In 2010 De Waal was a filler on the PvdA 's list of candidates for the elections to the House of Representatives. He also showed little political ambition and in 2009 turned down a leader in the European Parliament. After the affair with the ING bonuses, PvdA chairman Ploumen informed him that he was no longer eligible for a position on behalf of the PvdA.

Other Positions

From 2007 to 2010, De Waal led the Task Force Mobility Management (TFMM). The idea behind this TaskForce was that employers and employees can jointly do much more to reduce the number of car kilometers during rush hour and thus to combat traffic jams. At the beginning of 2011, the TaskForce became the Platform Smart Working Smart Traveling, of which De Waal became chairman. The Platform set itself the goal that by the end of 2012, one million employees would be able to work and travel 'smartly', and thus be given the choice of whether or not to be stuck in traffic.

In March 2011, De Waal had to resign as chairman of the supervisory board of the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation after an article in de Volkskrant about nepotism within this organization.[3][4]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19993 June 19996 June 1999Portugal
The 47th Bilderberg, 111 participants


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