Netherlands -Social partners to tackle rising unemployment -August 05, 2013

The ministry of Social Affairs and Employment has announced it will make available €600 million for projects tackling unemployment if the social partners are prepared to contribute an equal amount to the programme. Trade unions and employers associations have been asked to submit realistic plans against unemployment, targeted towards the worst hit groups of employees, regions and sectors.  Young people, older workers and disabled people are among the target groups. The plans will be assessed by an action team, comprised to representatives from the social partners, municipalities and the unemployment office.



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