Minister under fire over redundancy

Social affairs minister Piet Hein Donner is under fire over remarks made in newspaper De Pers in which he says changes to redundancy law could again be on the table.

Government plans to make it easier to sack staff and to cut redundancy compensation deals failed last year because of divisions within the cabinet.
Instead Donner set up a committee under the leadership of TNT boss Peter Bakker to look at ways of getting 200,000 more people into work. That committee is due to report back before the summer.
In the Pers interview, Donner says that redundancy reform could be an issue again if the Bakker committee recommends it. It would be ‘unlikely’ that redundancy law was not included, Donner told the paper.
Labour and ChristenUnie MPs said on Thursday that Donner’s comments were out of place and put unnecessary pressure on the Bakker committee.
‘It is not sensible to make an issue of something when you know in advance that there will not be any agreement on it,’ ChristenUnie’s Arie Slob was reported as saying by news agency ANP.

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