Netherlands - Plea for a new social contract - June 30, 2016

A former leader of trade union confederation CNV published a feature on the socio-economic situation in the country. The gap between the employed and the unemployed is growing, the economy is recovering, but the total unemployment is still twice as high as before the eve of the crisis and the dream of an inclusive society (the ‘participation society’) is more elusive than ever. The author recommends a new social contract, based on more responsibility for regions to create their own inclusive labour market. He wants to encourage self-employment but combat excesses in low paid work and limiting the social security risks. Another idea is to put the basic income on the agenda, or some form of negative income tax so that those who are structurally and long-term unable to participate still have a viable financial basis.


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