Rich seniors should contribute to pension: Bos

1st May 2006, Comments 0 comments

1 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — Labour Party leader Wouter Bos laid out his stall on Monday for social solidarity as an alternative to the tough reforms being pursued by the centre-right coalition in the Netherlands.

1 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — Labour Party leader Wouter Bos laid out his stall on Monday for social solidarity as an alternative to the tough reforms being pursued by the centre-right coalition in the Netherlands.

Bos, who has set himself the task of reshaping the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), joined in singing the socialist anthem The Internationale during the International Worker's Day celebrations in Utrecht on Monday.

Unlike the situation in France, Germany, Belgium and Spain, International Worker's Day is not a public holiday in the Netherlands.

Bos chose a senior citizens' home in Utrecht as the venue for his party's celebrations.

Outlining his vision ahead of the 2007 general election, Bos said "rich seniors with large pensions" should contribute to the AOW State pension that many of the less well off rely on.

The Labour leader said he wanted people who have earned a higher income due to their access to higher education to contribute more to society.

He said he would not shy away from "unpopular measures" if they were necessary to maintain social security in a greying society. Last week Bos unveiled ideas about employment policy - including making it easier to fire staff — which were criticised by both the labour unions and the coalition parties.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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