Defence to cut 1,000 jobs

2nd July 2007, Comments 0 comments

2 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – The armed forces is going to make cutbacks. An estimated 1,000 jobs will disappear, Trouw reports today. Redundancies are not expected immediately, but compulsory dismissals cannot be excluded in the coming years.

2 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – The armed forces is going to make cutbacks. An estimated 1,000 jobs will disappear, Trouw reports today. Redundancies are not expected immediately, but compulsory dismissals cannot be excluded in the coming years.

The defence ministry hopes cutting personnel can help prevent a financial deficit of EUR 1 billion in the coming four yeas, while allowing the ministry to still buy new equipment for missions like that in Uruzgan, according to a survey of high ranking officers and policy memos that were leaked earlier.

Defence will also scrap two squadrons of Leopard tanks, 18 F-16s and a company of marines that is active around the Antilles.

Support services like catering, security, construction and audiovisual services will be made independent or their operations will have to become more efficient.

The mission in Uruzgan is costing a great deal of money. It was originally estimated that the mission would cost EUR 380 million over two years, but in the first year alone EUR 600 million has already been spent.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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