Union seeks EUR 500m for spending power

6th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — The FNV, the largest trade union confederation federation in the Netherlands, is to press its case during the annual spring talks with the government for a series of measures to support purchasing power.

6 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — The FNV, the largest trade union confederation federation in the Netherlands, is to press its case during the annual spring talks with the government for a series of measures to support purchasing power.

The union group wants the coalition government to reserve EUR 500 million to repair the hole increased health insurance costs and energy bills have put in the collect wallet of the public.

The EUR 500 million would be additional to the EUR 200 million already earmarked for compensation following earlier negoitiations. In additional, the FNV wants a reduction in social premiums.

"The surplus in the WW unemployment insurance fund is rising to EUR 8 billion," FNV chairperson Agnes Jongerius said on Monday. "This money must be returned to the public."

She said that she expects employers will also be in favour of the move as their wage costs have dimished as the social premiums fall.

Jongerius was responding to the findings of a survey into purchasing power carried out by pollster TBS Nipo on behalf of the union. The study confirmed the goverrnment has not made good on its promise few if anyone would suffer financially due to its policies.

While almost half of all Dutch househoids (49 percent) are to see an inmprovement in their finances, many of the rest will experience the reverse.

"When we take account of the impact of the nominal health insurance premiums - corrected for the insurance allowance - expendable income drops for 53 percent of the Dutch public," the FNV said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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