Union chief slams 'resignation' reports
6 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The boss of Christian trade union confederation CNV has slammed Dutch media reports for "incorrectly" claiming he had announced his resignation during a television interview on Sunday.
6 December 2004
AMSTERDAM — The boss of Christian trade union confederation CNV has slammed Dutch media reports for "incorrectly" claiming he had announced his resignation during a television interview on Sunday.
In a press release on the CNV website, Doekle Terpstra dismissed media claims that he wanted to cut free from the CNV in a dispute over the future course of the organisation. "These are absolutely not my words," he said.
Terpstra said in the interview with television programme Buitenhof that he believed a union chief should remain in the position for a maximum of two four-year terms. "That is good for the vitality of the organisation and that is also good for oneself," he said.
The CNV chief also said 1 August 2005 would represent his 25th anniversary with the union and that this would be a "good moment" to consider his options.
Terpstra, 48, is in the sixth year of his term as CNV boss and is approaching the completion of his second term in office, and possibly the end of his reign as CNV leader.
But Terpstra dismissed any claims he was on the point of resignation, and rounded on media reports highlighting his criticisms of the CNV.
Terpstra had agreed with interviewer Peter van Inge that "the CNV is the greatest enemy of the CNV", admitting that the modern union movement was not consistently seeking contact with new target groups in society.
But he also said he was proud of the CNV for playing an "advance guard" role in Dutch workplace relations.
In his press release after the broadcast of the television interview, Terpstra also said media suggestions that he would resign due to a dispute with CNV policy was based on incorrect assumptions.
"And I very much regret that. I did not say that and it is absolutely not the truth," Terpstra said.
Discussing his recent book "Meer dan geld verdienen" (More than earning money) in the Buitenhof interview on public television, the CNV chief criticised the Christian union confederation for serving the established order's interests rather than assisting disadvantaged groups.
"We must place greater attention on fundamental themes such as respect and responsibility for each other," he said.
Despite Terpstra's criticisms, Dutch media did not amend its reporting on Monday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news