Netherlands -Government and unions clash over child care cuts -June 5, 2012

The largest trade union FNV has called on the government to stop cuts in child care, arguing women are finding it increasingly difficult to combine work with family responsibilities. Recent reforms have cut back eligibility for a government funded scheme to keep child care affordable. FNV argues women have already reduced working hours and will be decreasing them even more next year. In reaction, the Social Affairs minister Henk Kamp has said women are not working less but finding alternatives to formal child care.

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