More and more employers are embracing finger scanning technology, a report by Tempo-Team recruitment agency suggests. Deployment of such scan systems allows employers to more precisely track departure and arrival times of their employees, but not without a downside.
Dutch discount retailer Blokker announced plans to let go of 440 staff members out of 7,200 total employees. The move is a necessary cost cutting measure to make the firm more competitive, the company said on Monday.
Blokker had been testing a new strategy in a handful of stores since last summer. That strategy will be rolled out company-wide to make the store more competitive against other retailers, and includes an attempt to do more sales online.
"Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders says he is “shocked” about the terrorist plot in Belgium broken up by security officials there on Thursday. The Labour party politician says it justifies the need for the government and the people of the Netherlands to remain cautious and vigilant.
Employees of armoured car service Brink's are expected to go on strike beginning Thursday. It is their second strike in two months.
Amsterdam is initiating a six-month trial of 425 city-subsidized jobs next year. The goal is for each subsidy to lead to a full-time unsubsidized job, with a third of the subsidies earmarked for young people with limited work experience.
Air France pilots will back a planned expansion of Transavia after ongoing talks between Air France and union representation. Parent company Air France-KLM announced Thursday they will begin expansion of Transavia beginning next summer with up to 14 Boeing 737 airplanes, according to Z24
A Member of Parliament will propose on Tuesday increased maternity leave for women expecting a multiple birth. CDA MP Pieter Heermabrug is scheduled to discuss the situation with Social Affairs Minister, and Deputy PM Lodewijk Asscher.
Fifty freelance couriers contracted by PostNL, DHL and UPS have taken action against Bol.com, alleging poor working conditions and financial exploitation. Bol.com’s offer of “free delivery” has become a target for the FNV trade union who claims that it is the couriers who pay the price for cheap parcel delivery.
Air France-KLM is creating a new discount airline to compete with the likes of RyanAir and EasyJet, the union representing Air France's pilots told newspaper Le Parisien. The news comes a week after the union ended an impactful strike over cutbacks at Air France and the firm's investment in budget airline Transavia, a work action that grounded flights for two weeks in September and cost an estimated €400 million.
Deputy PM Lodewijk Asscher has expressed fears that robots will increasingly be able to take over tasks historically performed by people, leading to a future rise in unemployment. Robots could replace cleaners, warehouse employees and even taxi drivers, according to Asscher.
A city councillor in Breda has been kicked out of his own party’s faction there after making statements comparing the rights of homosexuals to the rights of pedophiles. Labour party (PvdA) member Jamal Nouhi made the comments when suggesting that the foundation Human Rights Watch should stop lobbying for gay rights in Morocco, calling it a religious issue.
While negotiating the new cuts for 2014, the Labour Party would like to pump billions of euros of potted money into the economy. This is evident from an interview with Labour leader Diederik Samsom in the Volkskrant. Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance joins the vision of his party leader. According Dijsselbloem it is now necessary to boost the economy and it is interesting to try to 'mobilize' the potted capital. He said Tuesday at RTL Z.
Labour leader Diederik Samsom continues to fight for a coalition agreement about the criminalization of illegality, despite the problems it causes in his party. However, he will consult with the various departments of the party about everything. "Otherwise we're not going to discuss," he said on Wednesday in Pauw and Witteman.
A revolt is rising amongst members of Dutch labour party PvdA against the government plan to make undocumented residency a punishable, criminal offence in the Netherlands. A number of party branches and prominent members will ask Labour leader Diederik Samson to break the coalition agreement, to adjust the direction and restore the fundamental party principle of 'the right to a decent life'.
Criminalization of illegal residents
Multinational companies who use the Netherlands to avoid high taxes in their own country must be curbed. In the College Tour (NTR) episode on Friday, Labour (PvdA) leader Diederik Samsom said, "I think it's a bad idea that the Netherlands is a tax haven; that we do not impose enough taxes on companies which do not do anything in our country but only channel their money."
"I want to change something about it. Step by step we are going to tackle this scourge."