Jobs plan for hard-core jobless a failure

Cabinet plans to help 200,000 hard-core unemployed into work within the next four years have become stranded in the ongoing debate around the controversial redundancy law reforms, reports Trouw on Monday.

‘The cabinet is not meeting its obligations,’ FNV official Leo Hartveld told the paper, pointing out that the agreement on job creation programme was reached with the unions in June. The unions are totally opposed to the redundancy reform proposals.
Trade unions want the special jobs for the hard-to-place to pay the minimum wage. However, local councils say this would make them too expensive for employers and that these workers should retain their social security payments instead. The cabinet has also declined to intervene in this dispute, the unions say.

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