Dutch news in brief, 1 December 2004

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Union demands immigrant employment quota

Union demands immigrant employment quota

Trade union confederation FNV demanded Wednesday that employers be required to take on immigrant workers, urging the Cabinet to introduce a quota system. The FNV said the regulation would stimulate the integration of foreigners, pointing out that 14 percent of immigrants were unemployed last year, compared with 4 percent of native Dutch. But employers association VNO-NCW rejected the proposal, claiming that it would stigmatise a group of people as being weak.

New national newspaper in the works

Newspaper corporations PCM and Wegener are considering setting up a new national newspaper and are locked in talks with the Algemeen Dagblad and the Rotterdams Dagblad (PCM) plus the Utrechts Nieuwsblad and the Haagsche Courant of Wegener. The circulations of all four newspapers have strongly declined in recent years and PCM and Wegener are studying how to resolve the problem or whether there is sufficient cause to establish a new national newspaper. City editions for The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht would also be published.

Men failing in emancipation stakes

Men are still failing to emancipate in not offering their partners empathy, emotional support and commitment, research indicated Wednesday. Psychologist and writer Henk Noort studied 800 men and 900 women aged 20-45 for his book "Vrouwen willen maar één ding over" and found that there is an "unbelievable psychological difference between man and woman which is caused by emancipation in the labour market". He said the post-modern woman is now also a career woman and emancipation has worsened at the psychological level. Women are most disappointed by the empathy displayed by their partner. Men, Noort said, are too focused on themselves. "Women will be happier if men show more interest," he said.

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