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6/9/15

The Netherlands: Largest Dutch Fed. of Labor Unions FNV tells Goverment : "stop changes to social security"

FNV chairman Ton Heerts said in a recent interview in the Dutch Financieele Dagblad  that the country’s biggest trade union federation, the FNV, is calling for a moratorium on further reforms in the social security sector.

In particular,mentioned the development of a new system to cover invalidity benefits and sick pay for freelancers which he said should not go ahead.. "Such a system is unaffordable, undesirable and impossible to achieve’, said Mr. Heerts.

Employers’ organization AWVN and a number of political parties have called for change to cope with the growing number of self-employed people in the Dutch workforce.

AWVN says many of them don’t take out insurance to cover themselves in case of sickness or long-term ill health.

Heerts says "the move to create a system for both employees and the self-employed’ might sound more caring,  however, in reality this is a "pipe dream"  developed by ‘right-wingers and employers who don’t want to pay any premiums and want to put all the risks on workers’ shoulders,’ he told the paper.

"Instead, employers and government should focus on ensuring companies don’t ditch their permanent staff and replace them by people on flexible or freelance contracts", said Heerts.

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FNV chairman Ton Heerts said in an interview in Tuesday’s Financieele Dagblad.

Read more at DutchNews.nl: FNV union wants a halt to social security changes http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/06/fnv-union-wants-a-halt-to-social-security-changes/
on Heerts said in an interview in Tuesday’s Financieele Dagblad

Read more at DutchNews.nl: FNV union wants a halt to social security changes http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/06/fnv-union-wants-a-halt-to-social-security-changes/

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