MPs want curb on wages for public sector bosses

29th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — A large majority in parliament has called on the government to take steps immediately in light of a study showing the salaries earned by public and semi public sector bosses continue to rise.

29 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — A large majority in parliament has called on the government to take steps immediately in light of a study showing the salaries earned by public and semi public sector bosses continue to rise.

Magazine 'Intermediair' published a report on Monday that shows salaries for the heads of universities, energy companies and large care centres rose sharply in 2005 despite earlier outcries.

It said former Labour Party leader Thijs Wöltgens received a 20 percent increase to almost EUR 230,000 as head of the Open University (OU) in the Netherlands. But the OU issued a rebuttal and said Wöltgens had an annual salary plus bonuses of EUR 125,000.

The magazine said Jan Schnerr of the healthcare group 'Zorggroep Utrecht-West' saw his income increase from EUR 185,000 to EUR 225,000.

MPs of the coalition government Christian Democrat and D66 parties joined with the opposition Labour and Socialist parties in calling for the government to do something about the high wages. D66 MP Bert Bakker said the findings of the research were "disgusting" and an "absolute scandal".

Bakker said Christian Democrat Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende had not taken steps despite expressing shock at wages for the public sector managers last year. The MP said only in exceptional cases should these managers earn more than the Prime Minster — (approximately EUR 130,000 a year).

Christian Democrat MP Marleen de Pater agreed and said, "I don't understand percentages of more than 10 percent."

The CNV and FNV trade union groups said it was time for ministers to regulate the wages paid to bosses in the public sector.  

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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