"Delay to redundancy plan could be solution"

20th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2007, THE HAGUE – Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner said on Tuesday that postponing changes to redundancy legislation "could be a solution."

20 November 2007

THE HAGUE – Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner said on Tuesday that postponing changes to redundancy legislation "could be a solution."

That would mean that "all those people having difficulty [finding work] will have to wait on the sidelines," the Christian Democrat CDA minister said. Donner wants to relax redundancy legislation because he believes this will encourage businesses to hire people more easily.

The Labour PvdA is fiercely opposed to any change to protection against dismissal. The talks in the cabinet have been deadlocked on the topic for some time.

Redundancy legislation was to be discussed during a meeting of the six ministers most involved with the issue on Tuesday morning. The meeting, which was also due to discuss teachers' salaries, however was cancelled for reasons that are not clear.

The members of the cabinet have been involved in other meetings today. Education Minister Ronald Plasterk said that he assumes agreement will be reached before the end of the week on making the teaching profession more attractive by offering higher salaries. "Let's wait and see," he said. He says the topic will be discussed again later this week.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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