Rotterdam council execs can cash in

The two Rotterdam city council executives who resigned over the council’s refusal to drop Islam advisor Tariq Ramadan, can claim a total €430,000 in unemployment payouts, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

Jeanette Baljeu and Mark Harbers have until 2012 to find a new job, under rules on council officials pay.
Different rules on redundancy apply to council executives, MPs and ministers than to ordinary workers. They can claim what is known as wachtgeld for between two and six years. For the first year, they can claim 80% of their last earned salary, followed by 70% for the remaining years.

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