Wednesday 18 September 2019

2020 budget: Opposition hope for wins

The opposition parties are set to demand more money for education, higher profit taxes for multinationals and higher taxes for wealthy individuals in two days of debate on the government’s 2020 spending plans. The money, according to the alternative budget drawn up by GroenLinks, Labour and the Socialists, would go to boost salaries for teachers, healthcare workers, the police and legal aid lawyers. Money should also go to cutting the own risk element in healthcare, frozen this year at €385... More >

KLM ground crew to strike on Wednesday

KLM ground crew will stage their third strike on Wednesday afternoon, leading to both delays and cancellations. The strike will take place from 13.00 to 17.00 and KLM has scrapped 12 European flights as a precaution. Delays are also likely, the airline said. Talks last week between the unions and employers failed to reach an agreement. The union’s demands include an 4% pay rise per year, more full-time contracts and a more regular shift rota. KLM had offered a 6%... More >

Albert Heijn wins misleading product award

Chicken sold by supermarket chain Albert Heijn has won this year’s award for the most deceptive food marketing, in a contest organised by animal rights lobby group Wakker Dier. Albert Heijn, which was given the title in 2017 for falsely claiming its serrano ham came from free-range pigs, made the short list this year for saying chickens it sells ‘have more space’. Wakker Dier claims the supermarket, with 16 chickens to one square metre, is packing in the animals more... More >

Schiphol taxiway take-off incident probed

The Dutch safety board is investigating an incident earlier this month at Schiphol airport in which a pilot attempted to take off from a taxiway. The incident, reportedly involving a Transavia plane, happened after air traffic control had given the plane permission to take off. The pilot, however, took the aircraft to a taxiway and had already started the takeoff procedure when air traffic control intervened. Broadcaster NOS put a fragment of audio on line on Tuesday evening in which... More >

football prof Fernando Ricksen dies at 43

Former Dutch football international Fernando Ricksen has died at the age of 43 of motor neurone disease at a hospice in Glasgow. Ricksen told television show De Wereld Draait Door in 2013 that he had been diagnosed with the disease just a few months after retiring from the professional game. Since then he made many public appearances to speak about its impact and to campaign for funding. Ricksen, who played 12 times for Oranje, spent six years at Glasgow Rangers,... More >

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