The PvdA kicks off the election campaign with plans against “wealth inequality”. The party wants higher taxes on multinationals, millionaires and pawnshops. The party also wants a “digitaks” for tech companies such as Google and Facebook.
The profit tax or corporation tax should go up from 25 to 30 percent for profits over 200,000 euros, the party believes. And there must be a “prince Bernhard tax” for landlords with multiple homes. Rental income has not yet been taxed, but the value of the premises is taxed.
The capital tax for people with more than EUR 1 million is also increased as far as the party is concerned.
Party leader Ploumen chose this theme for her speech at the beginning of her partys campaign for the March parliamentary elections. In the electoral programme, too, the party advocates a change in the tax system.
Ploumen says the coronacrisis increases power inequality. “Between large companies benefiting from the crisis and people in catering, retail and culture for whom it is five to twelve. Between students who are helped with homework at home and the children who disappeared from sight when the schools closed.”
She prefers to see the Netherlands as an association with more togetherness. “We win together, and when we lose, were all equally sad.” Large companies evade taxes and, meanwhile, benefit from subsidies, is her reproach.
The PvDA livelier believes that its competitors VVD leader Rutte and CDA leader Hoekstra have no plan for the economic and social consequences of the coronacrisis.
Ploumen thinks theyre taking the account of the crisis to the wrong people:
Ploumen: “They see the Netherlands as a multinational with a profit and loss account. This leads to divisions, when we need togetherness.”
The Labour Party celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. “When the PvdA was founded, Social Democrats, progressive liberals, Roman Catholics, and Protestant Christians met. They wanted to fight for an honest society,” said Ploumen. “And that mission is as topical as it was 75 years ago.”
Ploumen went out to the streets today with “Flowers of Ploumen” as her campaign team calls it: