For many workers it is increasingly difficult to make ends meet due to lagging incomes, higher taxes and rising expenses, says the trade union VCP in a first reaction.
“The expected purchasing power picture is downright disappointing, if you look at the prosperous economic recovery,” says VCP chairman Nic van Holstein. According to Van Holstein, the purchasing power picture is not only disappointing for working people, this also applies to the elderly with a supplementary pension. “Disposable income must be structurally increased to keep life affordable. Politics should not leave it at rumblings in the margins.”
“The government is faltering on all sides and is failing to deliver,” says Reinier Castelein, chairman of the trade union De Unie. “From overdue benefits and support packages, incorrectly collected taxes, contradictory climate policy to inadequate care. Even forming a cabinet is not possible. In the meantime, the costs continue to rise and this is offset by little or no purchasing power. It is a recipe for dull misery.”
The fact that the elderly seem to make little progress next year is ‘unacceptable’ according to elderly organizations. “Since 2012, workers have increased by more than 20% in purchasing power, retirees are down by more than 1%,” write Anbo, KBO-PCOB, Koepel Gepensionerende and NOOM in a joint response. “The caretaker cabinet and a new government now really have to ensure that the purchasing power development for all groups keeps pace.”
‘Development of purchasing power is downright disappointing’ | Financial
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