Agreement between government and social partners on support package

The government and employers and employees have reached broad agreement on a third financial support package due to the corona crisis. In any case, the government will continue to provide support until 1 July next year.

For the first time, companies in dire straits due to the corona crisis can continue to rely on the government’s wage support scheme (NOW) if they have suffered a 20 percent loss of turnover. There were plans to increase that percentage, but the government has agreed with employers and employees that the percentage will not be changed for the time being.

10 percent education

Agreements have also been made about the part of the salary paid by the government to employees of companies using the NOW. This remains 90 percent, on the understanding that employers must spend 10 percent on training. Earlier, there were plans to reduce the percentage of 90 in steps.

So most of the cutbacks that would be in the third support package will not take place. But sources in The Hague know that this only applies until January. A deal has only been made with employers and employees about this year. As of January, the support measures could still be phased out further.

The support package will be discussed in the Cabinet tomorrow and will probably be announced afterwards.

FNV chairman Busker said he came out happier than he went in after the meeting with the cabinet this afternoon. According to him, the cabinet listened. He calls it important that there is a “good structure for education, to guide people from work to work” and that the original phasing out is provisionally off the table.

Constructive

VNO-NCW foreman De Boer spoke of a sensible package. He also said that the agreements about training and guidance from work to work look good. And there will also be investments. “I think it’s actually an achievement that we were able to put that together in this way. Homage to the cabinet”, said De Boer.

Koolmees and his colleague Wiebes emphasized that the new package lasts longer than the previous two. “We think it’s important that it also includes investment and social policy, so the whole package is wider than it was,” said Wiebes.