Special work summit stalls

23rd November 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — A special jobs summit has floundered after the trade union confederation demanded the government invest more money to get people out of the WAO works disability system.

23 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — A special jobs summit has floundered after the trade union confederation demanded the government invest more money to get people out of the WAO works disability system.

It will probably take two to three weeks to get the government, unions and employers back to the negotiation table, the leaders of the FNV and Christian union group CNV said on Wednesday.

The government's insistence it would only provide EUR 40 million to help get people out of the over-burdened WAO system and back to work fell far short of the FNV's demands. The FNV wanted a commitment of EUR 150 million.

Union leaders met with employers leaders at the headquarters of the Social Economic Council (SER) on Wednesday to discuss the breakdown. Afterwards, FNV leader Agnes Jongerius said she and Bernard Wientjes, head of the employers group VNO-NCW, would call on Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende next week to seek a way around the impasse.

Balkenende is currently in Suriname for celebrations to mark the country's independence from the Netherlands in 1975.

Wientjes and Jongerius said they wanted concrete commitments from Balkenende before an attempt is made to revive the jobs summit.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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