Employees of various sectors are striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66 throughout the Netherlands on Monday. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit between 6:00 a.m. and 7:06 a.m. During that time no NS trains were running, as well as no trams, subways and buses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
Despite economic setbacks that threaten from the Brexit and United States president Donald Trump's trade wars, this is a logical time to give "something back" to the Dutch, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said about the budget and the government's plans for next year, NU.nl reports.
Dutch trade unions and employers reached an agreement on a new pension system, according to a draft document the Telegraaf managed to get hold of. One of the main points is slowing down the increase of retirement age, according to the newspaper.
The trade unions and employers agreed that the increase of retirement age to 67 years must be introduced more slowly. In this draft agreement, retirement age will be 67 years in 2025, instead of in 2021. The parties also want to calculate the increase differently in the future and for more early retirement schemes to be made possible.
The D66 wants to change the pension system so that individual workers can chose their pension plans for themselves, instead of the current collective schemes
A agreement must be reached between the European Union and Greece on the country's debt problem within two weeks, Eurogroup president and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said