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Entrepreneur taps two tons for an advertisement with his own vision on the labor market

“Our country is socially bankrupt,” Belgravir told RTL Z. In his view, the Netherlands has a social security system that is almost unaffordable for employers and a labor market that has gone too far in flexibilisation. “If someone is sick, you have to pay for two years.”

The $20,000 he paid for the ads is “a fair amount of money,” he admits. “But I just see that the job market is going in the wrong direction and I wanted to share my vision. Doing nothing is no longer an option.”

‘Everyone is considered a potential fraudster’

Over the past forty years, the government has made substantial savings on social security, says Belgravir, who pays employees through his companies. “And it is still the largest cost item for the government, 65 billion euros. Cuts have been made in the hope that a more active market would emerge. But in the meantime, the government is on top of things in case of illness or unemployment and everyone is considered a potential fraud. , just like with the allowance affair.”

Belgravir believes in human honesty. Most employees want to work and develop themselves, he suspects. However, they end up at home because the profession for which they were trained ceases to exist, for example due to robotisation. “Intervene before people become unemployed, make sure that people continuously retrain.”

Maths

According to Belgravir, this can be done without costing the government, employees or employers money. “It can be cost neutral, the calculations are there. But then you have to organize it differently.”

In five years’ time I will be the largest employer in the Netherlands, says the ambitious entrepreneur in his advertisement. He refers to the arrival of a social organization that ‘supports collectives in which employer and employees work together with transparent and fair agreements.’

He calculates that employers now pay approximately 18 percent premium to the UWV through the Tax Authorities. “But what the UWV does does not work. Moreover, you are only protected for two years in the event of non-culpable loss of income (WW) and illness,” he told RTL Z.

He wants to redistribute the money. This is why insurers are important. “I want to use 6 percent of the premium that will now go to UWV to insure illness or unemployment. The term that you receive benefits is not maximized. You will receive it until you retire, age 68.”

Another six percent of the money is put into a personal fund of the employees, as a training budget. “Partners, various training institutes, manage the money. Suppose, for example, that they notice that a cleaner does not speak Dutch. Then that training budget can be used to offer a course. This way you ensure that the cleaner finds another job sooner in the event of job loss. .”

“Suppose we already know that after their fortieth year, road workers are no longer physically able to cope with the work and will enter the sickness law,” explains Belgravir. “Then we can already offer training. In principle, the employee is not allowed to refuse if he wants to claim the benefit later. But it will be done in consultation. We will look at where your further ambitions lie.”

Accept suitable work

In the event of job loss or illness, the employer pays for the first two months. The social organization pays from the second to sixth month. That’s where the remaining 6% of the premium goes. Then the insurance pays. That seems to bear the greatest risk. What if someone is at home for years?

“But there are several different insurers that want to cooperate with this. You have to rely on trust. Moreover, you have to accept suitable work. As an unemployed road worker you may not like to work in payroll. But it can’t be the case. that in one sector there is a shortage of staff and people are unemployed at the same time.”

Belgravir advocates a simple solution to the problem in the labor market. “We’ve been working on job security for a hundred years. That doesn’t work. Moreover, I think that if employers have to pay for a shorter period of time during illness, they will also hire people much sooner.”

Less time at home

That’s how you get rid of forced flexwork or forced self-employment, he believes. “And people spend less time at home. They get a chance at a job sooner, because there are no negative consequences for employers.”

He points to the Scandinavian model, where more attention is paid to training and people are therefore less unemployed. You only receive benefits for a short period of time, unless you are a member of a trade union. “The union therefore also benefits from properly training people and having intermediate training courses. With this advertisement I want to shake people up. Income security solves all problems cost neutrally.”

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