The savings campaign for chefs knives at Albert Heijn may be leading to customers spending more on bandages and emergency room visits than on the knives themselves. A number of amateur chefs misjudged the sharpness of the blades, resulting in severe cuts.
Monday sees the launch of the first budget negotiations after the Summer. Ministers tell NU.nl that the talks are positive, and it does not look like there will be more stringent budget cuts.
Dutch postal service PostNL announces Monday that cuts, the smooth restructuring process and price hikes have resulted in an improved turnover for the second quarter of this year. Turnover increased with an added three percent to more than €1 billion.
Parliament wants the Court of Auditors to investigate what the eventual consequences are of the cuts to the secret service, AIVD. The D66 and CDA filed a motion for this, the ANP reports.
Local political party Trots op Haarlem (Proud of Haarlem) is wondering why the volunteer fire response unit was not called in to help stem the blaze that ravaged a building in the Houtstraat in the center of the city on Monday afternoon.
Plans from the Air France KLM Group show that Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has to cut spending by about €1 billion in the next three years, the Telegraaf reports.
Singles with a low income, and who take in their mother or father, could feel stiff financial drawbacks to this from 2015. The lower the collective income, the more adult children and their parents will have to hand in if they start living together again.
The Eurozone will be on the mend in the next few years, recovering slowly from the recent recession. Unemployment remains high, however, and there is a strong need for reforms. This is from the new Economic Outlook published Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
According to MP for PvdA, Jan Vos, King Willem-Alexander is earning too much money, and must hand in a significant portion of his salary.
The cabinet will soon decide on a new system that will enforce stricter rules on pension funds next year. The new system, which is coordinated with unions, employers and 'friendly' opposition parties D66, ChristenUnie and SGP, according to De Telegraaf.
Care for elderly with illnesses or handicapped citizens next year is going to be in trouble next year, as 40 percent of municipalities think it will be difficult to organize with the available budget.
Angry students from the Earth- and Life Sciences faculty at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam staged a noise protest at their faculty on Wednesday morning.
The protest comes from the student group Actiegroep Titanic, who are opposing austerity plans from the directors of the university. They are concerned about a loss of quality.
Staff at Holland Casino will strike on Friday. The strikers are demanding a better social plan for the employees who are going to be axed due to cuts. This concerns several hundreds of people.
The 'National Campaign 2013' platform wants to cause nationwide disruptions Friday to draw attention to government policies, and campaign against the EU. Police are closely monitoring the preparations to assess if any additional measures are needed.
Around three-quarters of Dutch municipalities think they might have to make budget cuts over the next year.
Municipalities are obliged to make substantial cuts in spending on roads, sports, culture, public parks and street lights for the coming years.
Minister Ronald Plasterk of Interior Affairs has on Sunday responded laconically to the threat, of Abvakabo chairman Corrie van Brenk, that the social agreement will be off the table if the Cabinet cuts 6 billion euro in 2014. "Well, the unions mark their position. That's just part of the game,” he said in the TV program WNL on Sunday.
In March, the government closed the social agreement with employers and employees. An austerity package of 4.3 billion was then put in the refrigerator. The hope was that the economy would attract and that the cuts would not be necessary.