Due to the COVID-19 pandemic having caused great loss to the Netherlands, millions of Dutch workers will not be getting their holiday allowance this May.
On top of their monthly wage, workers in the Netherlands get a holiday pay that amounts to 8% of their annual income every year. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact, many people had to ditch this extra pay.
In the name of the Christian National Trade Union (CNV), pollster Maurice de Hond has conducted a research which showed that 19% of workers in the Netherlands will not receive their holiday allowance this year. Majority of these employees work in the hospitality, travel and the events industries. Employers who work at events industries, 70% of them won’t be getting their extra money this May.
Expressing his surprise at the statistics, the chairman of CNV – Piet Fortuin says: “The holiday pay is not just a nice extra… People use it to pay for big bills like car insurance, or they pay off debts with it.” With this statement Fortuin stresses the significance of extra pay on Dutch families.
The working class isn’t the only one who’s affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with businessmen and entrepreneurs having a hard time to make ends meet, despite the financial aid they’ve been receiving from the Netherlands government. Because they are legally required to pay their employees the full amount, it’s taken a toll on their profits and their future prevails unsure.