Dutch soldiers may lose dismissal protection

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Dutch soldiers may lose their protected legal status as civil servants

Broadsheet NRC Handelsblad writes the proposal would make it easier to dismiss military personnel. NRC writes the proposal is contained in an internal document drawn up by the defence ministry’s chief personnel director. A spokesperson for the ministry said several documents are currently under consideration and no decision has been taken yet.

A cabinet policy document being drafted by Defence Minister Hans Hillen in collaboration with Interior Minister Liesbeth Spies is scheduled to be published in January or February. The move comes in reaction to a bill introduced by the democrat party D66 and the Christian democrat CDA which is to be discussed by parliament at the end of January.

The two parties want to end the additional protection against dismissal currently enjoyed by civil servants compared to ‘normal’ workers from 2015.. CDA MP Eddy van Hijum and his D66 colleague Fatma Koser Kaya want to guarantee equal rights for all workers.

However, their bill makes an exception for a few specific groups such as soldiers and judges. The military unions have rejected the proposal, saying

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