The European Union should create new rules to tackle the excesses of the free movement of workers from Eastern Europe to the West. This migration has a disruptive effect on poorer and less educated citizens in richer EU countries. Their work and income are threatened by newcomers, who are used to much lower wages and who didn’t experience the welfare state yet. Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs) and the English writer David Goodhart say this in a letter which they sent to the Volkskrant and the British newspaper the Independent.
The economic recovery for the Netherlands is not happening yet and therefore the deficit for the Netherlands remains far too high. Next year, the deficit is 3.9 percent. That was announced the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Wednesday. What are the political reactions?
The government accepts that the Netherlands will not meet the European standard of three percent next year. But there will be no more than 6 billion cut, said Jeroen Dijsselbloem Minister of Finance on Wednesday in response to the new estimates from the CPB.
Opposition parties, CDA and D66, expect clarification from Minister of Social Affairs, Lodewijk Asscher, about the implementation of the social agreement and the ministry’s speed in tackling unemployment which they think is too slow.
Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment has kept his promise and has discussed the mass dismissal at healthcare supplier Sensire, with FNV chairman Ton Heerts on Sunday. So say both spokesmen of each of them on Sunday evening.
A text message from Minister of Social Affairs Lodewijk Asscher, to FNV-chairman Ton Heerts has caused great confusion on Tuesday and Wednesday. AbvakaboFNV organized on Tuesday to protest against planned layoffs, upon which angry caregivers occupied the headquarters of Sensire.
Late Tuesday night the occupation stopped because according to the union, the minister had promised to talk together this weekend. The Ministry knew nothing. They announced: “The minister is on holiday abroad. There has not been any contact between the minister and us.”
About 100 employees of home care provider Sensire have occupied the lobby of the headquarters in Varsseveld on Tuesday. They demanded that the Board waives the announced dismissal of 1,100 employees. The occupation ended around midnight.
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Lodewijk Asscher, has promised that he is going to talk with the FNV this weekend, to find a solution for the mass dismissal, reported AbvakaboFNV.
The government wants to organize special evenings for older applicants and employers to bring them in contact with each other. That said Lodewijk Asscher Minister of Social Affairs and Employment on Monday to the NOS.
According to the minister, older workers become vulnerable. Although the unemployment rate among older people is lower than among young people, it is harder for them to find a job after loosing a job.
The government wants European unemployed youth with specific qualities to work in the Netherlands for working in the energy sector in North Groningen or as a technician in Southeast Brabant. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said this on Wednesday after a European summit on youth unemployment in Berlin.
During the ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Netherlands' prohibition of slavery, Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher expressed a "deep regret," according to UPI.
Many of the descendants of slavery victims had Monday probably like to hear excuses from Vice Premier Lodewijk Asscher. But those excuses could not be heard. However, he testified on behalf of the government 'deep regret and remorse. " He then received an applause from the people present, mostly dressed in colorful folk robes, at the commemoration in Amsterdam Oosterpark.
On Thursday, Employers Association VNO-NCW’s Head Bernard Wientjes informed Dutch newspaper that employers are against the government's plans to take away €6 billion in next year’s budget.
Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs and Vice Prime Minister, considers Islamic radicalization 'as a serious form of individual religious derailment’. He shares the concerns of parents who have reported that their kids have left for Syria as a jihad fighter. "It is in our mutual interest to address this worrying development and to ensure that traffickers are prosecuted."
Netherlands and Croatia will coöperate on the fight against exploitation of workers by unscrupulous employers and through pretense. Lodewijk Asscher, Minister of Social Affairs has discussed this and made a deal on Monday with the Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, Neven Mimica.
Teenagers and women who want to live in another country must personally deregister from their municipality. If officials doubt the voluntariness of the departure there will be a personal interview mention may be made to the Center for Domestic Violence.
It is one of the measures taken by the government in the fight against forced marriage and abandonment of women in countries such as Morocco and Turkey. Minister Asscher of Social Affairs sent the action plan on Thursday to the House.
Because the previous government made mistakes, by making too quickly decisions to reduce the export of benefits to countries like Morocco, now leads to a significant setback to the budget of the current government. This means that Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs has to transfer 300 million euro, plus interest, to abroad.
This is the conclusion of Lodewijk Asscher himself, after losing a couple of lawsuits. He is going to pay now because he thinks that if he will appeal, the damage will be more.
The article in Dagblad Trouw, from last Saturday, about the Islamization of the Schilderswijk in The Hague, has stirred up the politics in the Netherlands.
A majority in the House supports the proposal of the PVV to have a debate, about the Schilderswijk and the status of Islamization, with Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher.
Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is worried about the speed of the increase in unemployment in the Netherlands. Chairman of political party D66 Alexander Pechtold said that the Netherlands is following Greece, Slovenia, Italy and Portugal. “It’s a category we shouldn’t feel comfortable in”.
On Thursday employers, employees and the government closed a social agreement. Part of the agreement is that the extra austerity package of 4.3 billion for 2014 is abandoned. In the fall it will be decided if next year additional cuts in the budget are necessary. Prime Minister Rutte Thursday disclosed this during a joint press conference.
Besides abandoning the austerity package, the agreement includes the WW, dismissal, the disabled, flexible employment, pensions and state pension deficiency.