Minister Schouten against employers: ‘See where wages can go up’

Not only does the cabinet have to take measures to compensate for the loss of purchasing power for low incomes, employers also need to see what they can do. Thats what Minister Carola Schouten says for Poverty Policy in Nieuwsuur.

Inflation is sky high and purchasing power is declining this year. The cabinet looks at how people can be compensated. But according to Schouten, not only the cabinet is on. She wants the conversation about wages to be held as well.

โ€œThat is mainly a conversation for social partners: what kind of space is still there? We see that wages often have a limited increase. In sectors where it is possible, you have to see what space is still there.โ€

The cabinet has agreed a package of six billion euros to overcome the problems, emphasizes Schouten. โ€œThere is still load relief on the schedule. Municipalities are well engaged in debt relief. But as an employer, also see what can be done. Thats a conversation for the collective labor agreement table. But I think everyone like that should play their part. This is a shared responsibility, not just one party alone.โ€

โ€œSlightly poorerโ€

Municipalities, energy companies and debt care providers are concerned about a large group of people with lower middle incomes who are affected by the high energy prices, but are not eligible for the energy surcharge of 800 euros.

At the beginning of April, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that in part, we have to accept that Dutch people are becoming โ€œsomething poorerโ€. The cabinet cannot mitigate the consequences of the rapid price increases for everyone, he warned.

The four government parties are currently preparing the Spring Note, in which they discuss, among other things, how to compensate for the loss of purchasing power. Schouten cant say anything about possible measures yet, because the negotiations are now underway.

โ€œThe question is: how do you get it to the people as targeted as possible as quickly as possible. So far, the measures have not been very focused, but the fastest we can do now. I think in August we should look at how we are going to shape the tax cut that this group is most likely to use.โ€