Woman power wanted
The largest Dutch Labour union, FNV, wants 40 percent of top Dutch positions to be filled by women in the next four years.2 April 2008
AMSTERDAM - The largest Dutch Labour union FNV wants 40 per cent of top Dutch positions to be filled by women within four years.
Speaking in an interview in Dutch daily Volkskrant, FNV chairwoman Agnes Jongerius said implementing a minimum quota for the percentage of women in certain positions was the best way to increase female participation in these positions.
Jongerius says the system has proven very successful in Norway.
"Employers have been claiming for years they have the best interests in mind concerning women," Jongerius was quoted as saying.
"But why should I believe that? In the past 25 years it has been demonstrated women do not get to those top positions."
The FNV is trying to convince parliament to debate a minimum quota for women in top positions.
A recent study by Eurostat said only one in four top positions in The Netherlands was filled by a woman.
[Copyright dpa 2008]