Cuts threat to Dutch organisations that breach 'PM pay norm'
The province of North Holland has decided to cut its subsidies to organisations and institutions which pay salaries above the so-called Balkenende norm.
The norm - 180,000 euros - was the salary of the previous Dutch prime minister, Jan Peter Balkenende, and is regarded as an ethical maximum for the public sector.
The motion to cut subsidies, put forward by the Labour Party, was carried unanimously. Labour member of the provincial authority, Ton van der Meché, commented: "The province will have to make substantial cutbacks in the next few years. Many social organisations will have to cope with reduced subsidies. It's simply irresponsible for subsided institutions to pay people more than the Balkenende norm."
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