Sunday 19 January 2020

Chemicals companies should be allowed to drug test employees, says minister

Chemicals companies should be allowed to drug test employees, says minister

The Dutch government wants to make it possible for chemicals companies to test their employees for drug and alcohol use. Social affairs junior minister Tamara van Ark has proposed that privacy rights be waved for more companies where intoxicated workers would cause significant safety risks. Already, pilots, train drivers and police officers can be checked by their employers. Van Ark said in a government news statement: ‘Employees working in an organisation under the influence of alcohol or drugs incur safety... More >

New cases of slaughterhouse cruelty: RTL

A number of slaughterhouses in the Netherlands are still causing unnecessary suffering to pigs despite pledges from agriculture minister to curb the practice, RTL Nieuws reports. RTL said that between January 2018 and July 2019 several new instances had come to light in which pigs were placed in vats of very hot water while still alive. The broadcaster bases its claim on reports requested from Dutch health and safety watchdog NVWA by pig protection organisation Varkens in Nood. In the... More >

Investors pump €21bn into Dutch property

Investors pumped nearly €21bn into the Dutch real estate market last year, a marginal rise on 2018, according to property advisory group CBRE. Some 70% of all transactions took place away from the big four cities, particularly in Eindhoven, Deventer, Leeuwarden, Groningen and Zwolle. This is the largest proportion of total investments since 2011, CBRE said. Investments in distribution centres were one of the main cause. Investments in housing hit a new record of €7.6bn, while investments in healthcare related... More >

Dutch music exports rise again

Dutch popular music exports reached €216.5m in 2018, most of which was down to dance music, according to a new report for the performing rights society Buma Cultuur. Dance accounted for €159m of the total, a rise of €9bn on 2017, Buma Cultuur said. Afrojack was the busiest Dutch dj abroad, with 135 performances, followed by Tiësto with 126 and Don Diablo with 118. In total, Dutch djs, bands and other performers put on almost 15,000 performances abroad in 2018.... More >

China boosts Dutch pork exports

Dutch pork exports rose 30% in value and 16% in volume last year, according to a new report on the Dutch farm sector by ABN Amro economists. The rise is largely due to increased exports to China, where swine fever has decimated local production, the bank’s economists said. At the same time, the Dutch pig farming sector is contracting, due in part to government measures, and may shrink by as much as 7% next year, the economists say. Hundreds of... More >