Labour calls for four-day working week to become the norm

Labour calls for four-day working week to become the norm

The standard working week in the Netherlands should be cut from five days to four days of nine hours, according to the Labour party (PvdA)MP Martijn van Dam says in Saturday's AD that a four day week would free people to do 'other important things'. In particular, many young mothers suffer from burn-out, Van Dam said'They work and do all the other things our mothers did but who did not have a job, because their menfolk work full-time,' he said. One in three women cut their hours when they have children compared with just one in 20 men, he told the paper.[banner]To make sure everyone can work four days a week, the standard number of hours in many pay deals should be cut from 40 to 36. Then people can work four nine-hour says, he told the paper.'Change will involve costs for employers,' he said. 'But the government use the tax system to ensure people retain more of their income and that employer costs are cut.'Van Dam, who is the deputy leader of the Labour party in parliament, said he did not favour forcing people to work four days. However, there needs to be a cultural shift so that men become used to cutting their working week, he said.Labour’s social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has already taken steps towards this by making childcare cheaper and increasing paternity leave from two to five days, Van Dam said.  More >

Amsterdam mayor wants second term

Gritty Limburg drama Gluckauf takes best film Golden Calf Amsterdam's mayor said on Friday he would like to be appointed for a second term in the post.Eberhard van der Laan told the council he wants to be of service to 'this beautiful city and its fantastic people' for a while longer.However, he does want to bring some balance into his life, the NRC reports. 'I will try to divide my time differently so that this job remains a privilege and draws less heavily on my private life,' he said.The 60-year-old Van der Laan, a member of the Labour party, has a wife and three young daughters.[banner]A survey this summer showed that three-quarters of Amsterdammers want him to stay as mayor.The decision will be made by the council, but the left-wing Liberal D66, with 14 of the 45 seats the biggest party, has already given its agreement.   More >

Gritty Limburg drama is best Dutch film

Gritty Limburg drama Gluckauf takes best film Golden Calf Georgina Verbaan won her second Golden Calf as best Dutch actress at the annual Dutch film awards on Friday evening.This time Verbaan took the top Dutch film award for her role in the romantic comedy De Surprise. The film, about an unhappy multi-millionaire,  was directed by Mike van Diem who earlier won an Oscar for Karakter.Gluckauf, a father and son drama set in poverty-stricken Limburg, won four Golden Calfs. The film, set against a backdrop of mine closures, took the awards for best film, direction, screenplay and camera work.Three of the four acting awards went the the biographical film about Dutch singer Andre Hazes. Marthijn Fischer won the best male role award for his portrayal of Hazes in Bloed, Zweet and Tranen. Hadewych Minis won the best supporting actress award for her role as his wife Rachel and Raymond Thiry took best supporting actor for playing his father.[banner]The public's prize when to De Club van Sinterklaas & het Pratende Paard, the third in a series of children's films about Sinterklaas.  More >

Fortuyn killer's lawyer sues probation

Gritty Limburg drama Gluckauf takes best film Golden Calf The lawyer of Pim Fortuyn's killer is taking the probation service to court, charging it with defamation, slander and breach of confidence.Willem Jebbink is bringing the charges on behalf of his client Volkert van der Graaf, who was released from prison in May 2014 after serving two-thirds of his sentence for the murder of Pim Fortuyn.A number of conditions were attached to his release, including that he was banned from speaking to the press.StagedHowever, last week the television programme Brandpunt Reporter said a photo used in the media had been staged, which would have broken Van der Graaf's parole conditions.It subsequently came to light that the photo was taken with the full knowledge of the justice ministry, including the parole service.[banner]In an interview with the Volkskrant, Jebbink says the probation service did nothing to counteract the misinformation contained in Brandpunt. 'They fostered a wrong impression while knowing that the situation was quite different,' he told the paper.    More >

Part of flight MH17 has been reconstructed

Gritty Limburg drama Gluckauf takes best film Golden Calf The Dutch safety board has reconstructed part of the Boeing aircraft MH17, using wreckage brought back from the crash site in eastern Ukraine.The organisation, which is leading the research into what brought down the Malaysian Airways flight in July 2014, says it has reconstructed the cockpit and the business class section at the front of the aircraft.The reconstruction will be on display during the presentation of the final report into the crash on October 13.LeakSome aspects of the report have already been leaked. CNN said it will include evidence that the flight was shot down by a BUK rocket fired by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. However, other sources say the report will not place any blame.All 298 people on board the plane were killed in the disaster. Most of them were Dutch holidaymakers.[banner]  More >