36-hour working week is no longer sacred
6 September 2007 , VOORBURG – Minister of Economic Affairs Maria van der Hoeven wants to look into possibilities of a longer working week.
6 September 2007
VOORBURG – Minister of Economic Affairs Maria van der Hoeven wants to look into possibilities of a longer working week.
The 36-hour working week is no longer sacrosanct. This also holds for retiring at the age of 65. The minister said this at the presentation of the report entitled: ‘The Dutch Economy 2006’ presented by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on Thursday.
Van der Hoeven announced that the cabinet will present measures to stimulate longer working hours on Budget Day (the third Tuesday in September). She declined to indicate which measures the government proposes to take. The minister pointed out however that increasing labour participation should be a joint effort of the trade unions, employers and the government.
The CDA minister responded to the figures included in the CBS report showing that the labour market is becoming tighter. The government has already been hammering at longer working hours and higher labour participation for some time.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news