"Balkenende ignores trade unions"
Chairperson of FNV trade union confederation Agnes Jongerius says Balkenende's government is too attentive to the business sector.25 February 2008
AMSTERDAM – Chairperson of FNV trade union confederation Agnes Jongerius says Balkenende's government is too attentive to the business sector, at the expense of workers' interests. Jongerius made these comments in the Volkskrant on Monday.
In the interview Jongerius calls the current government a "worthless cabinet." When the PvdA became part of the cabinet she had hoped more attention would be devoted to the needs of workers.
"But I hear the prime minister mainly talking about less regulations for businesses," says Jongerius.
She is also "very angry" that Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner has cancelled the traditional spring consultation in which workers, employers and the government make decisions on social-economic policy.
Jongerius also feels that Finance Minister Wouter Bos should have reprimanded Donner when he cancelled the meeting.
PvdA deputy prime minister Wouter Bos is surprised at Jongerius' criticism of the government and the PvdA's role in it. "My door is always open to her," Bos said via his spokesperson.
Bos does not understand the accusations. He recently had a discussion with Jongerius on tackling high salaries. And he was never approached by the FNV with regard to the spring consultation. "Jongerius shouldn't treat her best friend in the government this way," Bos says.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news