Coalition wants public sector pay limits

The three coalition parties want further controls on public sector salaries, the Financieele Dagblad reports on Thursday.

MPs say the bosses of the state-owned casino monopoly Holland Casino, the national grid Tennet and railway manager ProRail should not earn more than the prime minister. Jan Peter Balkenende’s basic salary of €176,000 is seen as the standard for public sector pay.
In addition, there should tougher limits on the salaries paid to the boss of Schiphol airport and Dutch Rail (NS), the coalition parties say.
The cabinet has proposed not placing any controls on some public sector company chiefs who operate in competitive markets.

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