Union federation CNV appoints new chief

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Groningen Alderman Rene Pas is expected to replace Doekle Terpstra as chief of the Christian trade union CNV.

25 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Groningen Alderman Rene Pas is expected to replace Doekle Terpstra as chief of the Christian trade union CNV.

The CNV board is expected to vote in favour of Paas' appointment later on Monday. He is the only candidate for the position, a member of the selection committee said.

Terpstra vacated the position on 1 May, but it is not yet known when Paas will resume official duties as CNV boss.

In the meantime, deputy chair Josine Westerbeek will stay on at the CNV helm, running day-to-day operations.

Paas, 38, has been a Christian Democrat CDA alderman in the city of Groningen since 1996. The former law student holds the portfolio of environment, public health and sport.

He has previously served as chairman of a commission which advised the Cabinet on a medical experiment involving the supply of heroin on prescription to long-term addicts.

The CNV is the second largest Dutch trade union confederation after the FNV.

Terpstra played an important role in mass protests last year that forced the government to scale back stringent budget cuts.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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