Dutch opposition: Support for pensions accord on the line in case of cuts

first_imgGijs van Dijk, PvdA politician (left), and Paul Smeulders, MP for GroenLinksSmeulders described the looming pensions reductions as “a bomb under the pensions agreement”, and demanded a postponement of the cuts for at least one year.Earlier, the minister had promised parliament that he would outline his plans to prevent “unnecessary cuts” next week.Both MPs also chided looming premium rises and accrual reductions, following repeated warnings from several sectors.In Van Dijk’s opinion, these measures would be unacceptable, whereas Smeulders described them as “very bad for younger workers”.The latter said that he expected a solution that was fair to all generations.In Dutch pensions publication Pensioen Pro, Smeulders confirmed that he wanted the measures to be postponed for one year, for example through extending pension funds’ recovery period from five to six years.Earlier this year, GroenLinks, together with the party for the elderly 50PLUS, had tabled initiative legislation aimed at extending the recovery period to seven years.At the time the Raad van State – the highest court in the Netherlands and the government’s legal adviser – concluded that such an extension would be irresponsible.Last week, union FNV warned that the pensions agreement would be in jeopardy if pension rights cuts were to be implemented as legally required. Speaking on the news programme, Van Dijk demanded that the minister prevents pension discounts, “in whatever way”.He said it would be “madness” to implement rights cuts while a new pensions system was under construction.“We are on our way to a new world with new rules, and we shouldn’t lower pensions based on the old rules of a broken pensions system,” he argued.Van Dijk – a former trustee at trade union FNV tasked with pensions – said he was afraid that support in society for the “painfully established pensions agreement” would disappear.He noted that the accord was also meant to prevent rights cuts. Dutch opposition parties have threatened to withdraw their support for the pensions agreement if social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees doesn’t prevent rights cuts at pension funds next year.In interviews on television news programme NOS and daily De Volkskrant, Gijs van Dijk and Paul Smeulders, MPs for labour party PvdA and left-wing green party GroenLinks, respectively, made clear they also opposed contribution increases as well as reduction of pensions accrual.In June the cabinet received the support – needed to get legislation in the wake of the accord through the senate – of both parties for the pensions agreement between the social partners and the government.Since then, the financial position of pension funds has deteriorated, due to the significant fall of interest rates which caused the looming rights cuts.last_img read more

Murder suspect nabbed

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the San Dionisio police station. ILOILO City – Charged with murder, alaborer was arrested in Barangay Sua, San Dionisio, Iloilo. Police identified him as 42-year-old ReynaldDolino of San Pablo, Manapla, Negros Occidental. Dolino was caught on the strength of anarrest warrant around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, a police report showed. The court recommend no bail bond for histemporary liberty./PNlast_img

Award-winning author visits St. Louis students

first_imgBatesville, In. — St. Louis School’s Arts in Education program hosted award-winning author Barb Rosenstock on February 6, 2019. She presented her book The Noisy Paint Box to K through 2nd grade, and The Camping Trip That Changed America to grades 3 through 5. Her interactive and highly engaging presentations showed just how interesting research, writing, and book subjects can be! The day after she left Batesville, Barb was honored with a Golden Kite Award for Otis and Will Discover the Deep. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor presented the award at the Golden Kite Gala in New York City!last_img

Van Ginkel seals Milan loan move

first_img “I’m just happy to be finally here. “I spoke to (AC Milan’s Holland international) Nigel De Jong and he told me very good things about this club.” Van Ginkel moved to Chelsea from Vitesse last summer but missed most of the 2013-14 campaign with a knee injury. The 21-year-old is hoping to earn a regular spot in Filippo Inzaghi’s side, who will not compete in Europe this season. “I am a midfielder that defends but is also is able to score goals,” Van Ginkel said. “I can play in many positions in midfield. “I want to have more playing time and this is my aim this season. “I believe at Milan I will have the opportunity to play more games, in what is a big competition, with many strong teams. “I have not spoken to Mr Inzaghi yet but I’ve spoken to Fernando Torres this week.” Van Ginkel completed a medical on Monday morning with the Italian outfit. “I am very happy to have arrived in Milan,” Van Ginkel said on www.acmilan.com. “A lot of Dutch players have played in this great club, big names. Spanish striker Torres joined Milan last week on a two-season loan from Chelsea. Milan still had time to complete another deal before the transfer window closed, announcing the arrival of Atalanta’s attacking midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura for a fee reportedly worth seven million euros. Milan said Bonaventura had signed until 2019. News of the move came after Milan said they had failed in a bid to land Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany in a swap deal involving defender Cristian Zaccardo, as the Milan player had rejected the switch. One player on his way out of the San Siro on Monday evening was Bryan Cristante – to Benfica, for a fee reported to be in the region of 6million euros. “Italian midfielder Bryan Cristante has joined Benfica,” a statement on www.slbenfica.pt read. “The player, 19, from AC Milan, will strengthen the senior team over the next five years.” Press Association New AC Milan signing Marco van Ginkel is thrilled to have moved to the San Siro on a season long-loan from Chelsea.last_img read more