Councils, unions present new job plan

Local councils and unions have reached agreement on how to help difficult groups of unemployed people into work, reports Tuesday’s Trouw.

The plan will also allow vulnerable people like addicts to find a job and will be discussed in parliament later today.
The agreement is an alternative to a plan by employment minister Piet Hein Donner to allow people to work for two years and still receive social security benefit. This was unacceptable to the unions who want people to be given ‘proper jobs’ with terms and conditions.
The plan now is to give people an employment agreement and pay them a minimum wage. This can be financed from savings in social security benefits and a possible contribution from employers, says Trouw.

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