Think-tank calls for income insurance

The government should introduce an income insurance system so that every worker can organise their own unemployment benefits, according to a group of business leaders and union officials in an article in Wednesday’s Volkskrant.

The group, which includes Alexander Rinnooy Kan who chairs the government’s SER advisory group and former CNV union leader Doekle Terpstra, says workers should make it their own business to keep their skills up to date so they can find a new job.
The current crisis shows the current social security system does not offer enough protection, the authors of the article say.
‘More than a million freelancers are in a sort of no-man’s land when it comes to social security. People with a permanent job have some sort of security and there are lots of regulations to help those on minimum incomes,’ the article states.
In addition, the group says collective agreements covering the pay and conditions for entire sectors can be scrapped. Instead workers can make their own agreements with their employers on working hours, productivity targets and the length of their contract, the authors say.

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