PvdA wants limit to severance pay

14th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Labour party PvdA wants to set a limit to the amount of severance pay in the public and semi-public sector, MP Ton Heerts says in Trouw on Monday.

14 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Labour party PvdA wants to set a limit to the amount of severance pay in the public and semi-public sector, MP Ton Heerts says in Trouw on Monday.

The PvdA thinks that severance pay should not exceed EUR 90,000, three times the average annual household income. Heerts does not rule out that this might give rise to a similar discussion in the private sector.

Heerts does not want the cabinet to wait any longer for talks between unions and employers on this matter. The maximum severance pay of about three times average income would not only apply for civil servants but also for employees at energy companies, housing corporations, and hospitals.

Heerts says the proposal is not at odds with the PvdA election platform in which the party said it did not want to tamper with dismissal compensation. "This is about our tax money and moreover it hits the top earners. We support that," he said.

To anyone who might be unhappy with this arrangement Heerts says that "fortunately there is no ban on emigration in this country."

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Subject: Dutch news

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