Bosses want smaller golden handshakes

Employers’ organisations want the cabinet to revise its shake-up of redundancy law, calling for smaller compensation packages than proposed, reports Finanancieele Dagblad on Wednesday.

Employers want redundancy compensation to be cut from one month’s salary for every year worked to half a month’s earnings, the paper says, quoting ‘well-informed sources’.
In addition, employers say that all workers, including the low paid, should get no more than one year’s salary, irrespectyive of their age. In the government’s plans, low paid workers are proposing a ceiling of €75,000 to €100,000, depending on age.
Unions have already made it clear said they are opposed making it easier to sack staff by reducing the involvement of the courts, a core part of the cabinet’s plan.
The employers’ position is ‘a complete surprise’ but is probably part of their negotiating strategy, CNV federation leader René Paas told the paper.
Employers and unions are due to discuss the plans under the auspices of the STAR labour foundation on Thursday.
On Tuesday, finance minister Wouter Bos said the cabinet would look at what changes need to be made to its plans before they are submitted to parliament.

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