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The Dutch Parliament Essay

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'Meedoen, meer werk, minder regels'. Ferme taal van het kabinet Balkenende II. Aan duidelijkheid geen gebrek bij het motto van onze regering: Minder bureaucratie en een grotere deelname van de bevolking aan de politiek, dát is wat ze willen. De vraag is echter hoe er meer werkgelegenheid gecreëerd zal worden. Minder bureaucratie betekent namelijk minder regels maken, maar wat laten we gemeenteambtenaren dán de hele dag doen?Dat het creëren van meer werkgelegenheid hoog op de agenda van ons kabinet genoteerd staat is begrijpelijk: Volgens de prognoses van het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek zal zonder maatregelen in 2007 de werkloosheid in Nederland zijn verdubbeld ...view middle of the document...

De overheid zal dus, ondanks deze maatregel, weinig grip kunnen krijgen op de lonen in de marktsector. Kortom: loonmatiging zal zeker niet leiden tot een enorme groei van de werkgelegenheid, simpelweg omdat de lonen in het bedrijfsleven waarschijnlijk niet veel gematigd zullen worden.Een tweede maatregel die het kabinet voorstelt om meer werkgelegenheid te creëren, hangt samen met een ander doel van het kabinet: minder regels. Door een vermindering van de administratieve rompslomp en lagere lasten moeten zelfstandig ondernemers weer gestimuleerd worden om een eigen onderneming op te zetten. Als het goed gaat met deze nieuwe bedrijven, zullen ze meer personeel nodig hebben, en voilà: een groei van de werkgelegenheid is in gang gezet, aldus het kabinet.In werkelijkheid valt de afname van die administratieve rompslomp vooralsnog (vies) tegen: beginnende ondernemers krijgen nog steeds te maken met een enorme berg papierwerk, en ook van die lagere lasten is maar weinig terecht gekomen: In het regeerakkoord belooft het kabinet ons een afname van 25% ten opzichte van de financiële lasten in december 2002, de werkelijke afname bedraagt echter enkele procenten. Met andere woorden: Ook deze tweede maatregel van het kabinet zal geen hout snijden: Als minder regels en lagere lasten werkelijk voor meer werkgelegenheid zorgen, moet het kabinet wel ervoor zorgen dat er ook minder bureaucratie en lagere lasten zijn!Tot de personen die kritisch kijken naar deze maatregelen van het kabinet behoort onder meer Noel Lebens, fractievoorzitter van het CDA van de Provinciale Staten in Limburg. Hij bewijst dat er méér mogelijkheden zijn om de werkloosheid een halt toe te roepen. Zo oppert hij om een vierdaagse werkweek in te voeren. Op de 'vrije' vijfde dag, kunnen dan werknemers bijgeschoold worden.Ondanks dat veel werknemers in eerste instantie weinig zullen zien in een verkorting van hun werkweek, en de daarbij behorende inkomensachteruitgang, zal het plan van Lebens op den duur wél effect hebben: Ondernemingen zullen nu namelijk, als ze dezelfde productie willen behouden, verplicht worden om meer personeel aan te trekken, zodat de vrijgekomen uren weer ingevuld worden.Een tweede criticus, die vindt dat de maatregelen van de overheid niet zorgen voor meer werkgelegenheid is Henk Beekers, hij is directievoorzitter van de ING-Bank in Midden-Nederland. Ook hij heeft een eigen oplossing voor de groeiende werkloosheid. Volgens hem moet de arbeidsmarkt transparanter worden. Dat houdt in dat werkgevers die vacatures hebben eerder werknemers moeten kunnen vinden en andersom, dat werknemers sneller op de hoogte moeten zijn van vacatures bij bedrijven.Een databank, waarin het aantal werkzoekenden én het aantal vacatures geregistreerd wordt is dan ook dé oplossing: Werkgevers zullen nu sneller de juiste persoon voor hun baan weten te vinden, en ook voor werknemers wordt het gemakkelijker om gericht te zoeken. Kortom, door...

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