Prime minister pay norm - stick to it or face subsidy cuts
Dutch organisations are being warned that they will face cuts in government support if they continue to pay senior executives more than the prime minister receives in salary. The authorities in North Holland - one of the country's 12 provinces - has decided to cut its subsidies to 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 pictured, and is regarded as an ethical maximum for the public and semi-public sectors.
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:
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