Sunday 22 May 2022

Unions call for Long Covid compensation

Care workers and teachers who have developed Long Covid should be entitled to compensation from the government, trade unions said on Monday. The government did not do enough to protect the health of people working in healthcare or education during the height of the pandemic and thousands of them are entitled to cash payments, the FNV and CNV trade union federations, and the AOB teaching union say. The unions want the government to set up a €150 million fund for... More >

Coolblue takes legal action over mask deal

Online electronic goods retailer Coolblue is taking legal action against three young entrepreneurs who became millionaires selling face masks to the government. The company is demanding €500,000 in compensation from Sywert van Lienden and his colleagues Bernd Damme and Camille van Gestel, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday. Coolblue says the trio dishonestly claimed they were running a non-profit company when they asked for help with their webshop and order processing. However, it later transpired that the deal was done via... More >

Netherlands 'not prepared for Covid surge'

The Netherlands is poorly prepared for a new surge in coronavirus infections in the autumn because of failures to put basic safety measures in place such as ventilation in schools, health experts have warned. Opposition politicians have accused the government of dragging its feet on its pandemic strategy and not streamlining healthcare to deal with the extra burden of a new outbreak. Attje Kuiken, who was health spokesman for the Labour party (PvdA) until she was elected leader last week,... More >