- Dutch government announces major defence cutbacks
- EIROnline: European industrial relations observatory on-line
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- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut (HSI)
- The Dutch cabinet has announced heavy cutbacks in defence spending, with €1 billion less to be spent on personnel and equipment
over the next four years. Up to 12,000 full-time jobs will have to go, half of which forced redundancies. The Minister of
Defence and Prime Minister claim the cutbacks will not prevent the armed forces from playing a meaningful role internationally.
The trade unions are outraged at the consequences for personnel and are planning protest meetings.
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