Monday 30 November 2020

ABN Amro to cut workforce by 15%, sell its Zuidas head office

ABN Amro to cut workforce by 15%, sell its Zuidas head office

ABN Amro said on Monday it is selling its Zuidas head office and will cut its global workforce by some 15%. The announcement, made ahead of a ‘virtual investor day’, means some 2,800 out of 18,952 jobs will have gone by the end of 2024. ‘We will redevelop one of our locations in Amsterdam into a Paris-proof workplace designed to facilitate the trend of remote working. Alongside this we will sell our head office building and lease back part of... More >

FVD board propose referendum on Baudet

The board of far-right party Forum voor Democratie intend to hold a ‘binding referendum’ among members on the question of whether Thierry Baudet should remain party leader. Baudet stood down as chairman and leader last Monday at the start of a turbulent week that brought the party to the brink of collapse, but later said he wanted to stand as a candidate in a new leadership election. The board rejected Baudet’s plan, but on Monday it proposed balloting its members... More >

Face mask rule comes into effect

Face masks will be compulsory in all public buildings, shops, and stations from tomorrow as the coronavirus law comes into effect, and people who refuse to wear one face a fine of €95. The new law provides a legal base for earlier measures and will be valid for the next three months. The penalty, just short of €100, means people who fail to abide by the rule will not face a criminal record. The Netherlands is one of the last... More >

November warmest ever and unusually dry

November 2020 is on course to set a batch of new records for the warmest penultimate month of the year, as well as being one of the driest. Temperatures were around 2 degrees higher than average throughout the month and included the warmest November day since records began on November 2, when the thermometer reached 19.1C in De Bilt. November 9 and 18 also set new daily records at 16.7C and 14.6C respectively, while November 15 was the 229th day... More >

Healthcare should focus on 'what works'

The current Dutch healthcare system threatens to become too expensive to maintain and the emphasis should switch to proven treatment and on promoting better health, according to new recommendations drawn up by Dutch healthcare council NZA and the goverment’s health institute ZN. In particular, there should be ‘an end to the idea’ that every possible treatment should be covered by insurance, the organisations say. ‘If we do not intervene, the cost of the healthcare system will double in 20 years…more... More >

Wanted: 70,000 more election volunteers

Local authorities need a further 70,000 people to staff polling stations during the March general election, the home affairs ministry said on Monday, at the opening of a special registration point for new volunteers. The ministry wants to have an average of four rather than three officials at each place where people can vote, and more people will also be needed to count the ballot papers after voting has taken place. The government is taking a number of steps to... More >

Welfare benefit claims rise slightly

There was only a slight rise in the number of people claiming welfare benefits in the third quarter of the year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, new figures from national statistics agency CBS show. By the end of September, 423,000 people were claiming welfare benefits (bijstand), a 7,000 rise on the year earlier period. The increase is across all age groups but is largest – 8% –  among youngsters under the age of 27. Many youngsters lost their jobs in the... More >

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