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Dutch unions back coal phaseout but demand compensations

Dutch unions back coal phaseout but demand compensations

AMSTARDAM: When the government made a political decision to close the coal plants, no money was made available to compensate the workers,’ said Patrick van Klink, representing the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV), the largest confederation in the country.Last fall, the new Dutch government coalition announced it would close down all five of the Netherland’s coal power plants by 2030, including three that opened as recently as 2015. The coal phaseout was a part of a plan to cut emissions by 49 per cent compared to 1990 levels by 2030, a target more ambitious than the one set by the EU (40 per cent).
The coalition agreement also mentions a carbon floor price of 18 euros in 2020, rising to 43 euros per tonne in 2030.In the Netherlands, major policy decisions are usually backed by a tripartite negotiation process involving government, businesses and unions (the so-called ‘poldermodel’). This is the case too with the government’s commitment to a cleaner economy.