Reorganisation at defence continues

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24 October 2007, THE HAGUE – The defence department has made 200 people redundant as part of an ongoing reorganisation at the ministry. No suitable alternative position could be found for these individuals. Another 175 people may be dismissed if no other position can be found for them.

24 October 2007

THE HAGUE – The defence department has made 200 people redundant as part of an ongoing reorganisation at the ministry. No suitable alternative position could be found for these individuals. Another 175 people may be dismissed if no other position can be found for them.

Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop and state secretary Cees van der Knaap wrote this in answer to questions from Parliament on Tuesday. The factions had submitted a total of 285 questions on the defence budget for 2008 and a policy letter on worldwide deployment.

The reorganisation started in 2003 and aimed to get rid of 11,700 jobs. Until recently the defence department did not anticipate the need for any forced dismissals.

In the coming years the operation will be completed and another 1,900 jobs will disappear. A spokesperson for the defence ministry says that primarily civilian personnel are proving difficult to reshuffle.

There is a shortage in fact of technical, aviation and medical personnel. EUR 1.9 million in starting bonuses has already been paid this year to date for 543 new employees.

Chairman of the military union AFMP Wim van den Burg is surprised at the numbers. But the unions do not consider it a case of forced dismissal if personnel are given new jobs outside of the defence department.

The ministry could not say on Tuesday how many people have been assisted in this way.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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