The Monday before Prince's Day, the FNV union published the collective wages for the coming year as usual. For 2020, the largest union in the Netherlands will maintain the wage requirement at 5 percent, while everyone must earn at least 14 euros per hour. Both the FNV and the union NVC believe that the permanent job should become the norm again in our country.

"If more people are employed on a permanent basis for a good salary, employers would also be much less likely to fill vacancies," said the CNV.

As shown in the budget, the collective labor agreement wages are expected to increase by 2019 percent in 2020 and 2,5. As a result, wages are lagging behind the economic situation, because if employers find it difficult to find staff, higher wage growth is reasonable to remain attractive to jobseekers.

Wages are lagging behind productivity growth, partly because wages for employers have increased, but also because gross wages at companies have barely grown since the crisis. 

Where there is room for higher wages, it is therefore good that it is used for higher wage increases. In addition, the burden on households has risen since the crisis, but the government is taking measures to alleviate it.

Strengthening public facilities.

Although the Netherlands is doing well in many areas, our broad prosperity has a number of bottlenecks and challenges, including in the future. This gives cause to take steps in various areas. That is why the Cabinet is investing in public facilities, limiting burdens and a Pension Agreement and Climate Agreement have been concluded. In the coming years, the priority will be to work out these agreements.

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The coalition agreement makes substantial investments in public facilities, including health care, education, the police and defense. Part of this has already been carried out and part will be spent in the coming years. In addition, healthcare costs are expected to grow by more than 2017 percent between 2021 and 15. 

Rising healthcare costs lead to higher premiums. These higher premiums are offset by high quality care that is accessible to every Dutch person. As a result of, among other things, the aging of the population, the demand for healthcare and healthcare costs will continue to rise. The organizability and affordability of healthcare are therefore under pressure.

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