Dutch shipping sector scheme to lose mandatory status

first_imgHijlke Hijlkema, the chairman of the pension fund, attributed the lack of support to the structure of the sector, with its 1,100 affiliated companies employing an average of just four staff.“They comprise many unattached entrepreneurs, skippers who are averse to too many rules and obligations,” he argued. Credit: Erich WestendarpIngrid Blom, responsible for social affairs at the employer organisations CBRB and BLN-Schuttevaer, said that the social partners wanted to develop new, non-mandatory pension arrangements, in order to generate sufficient scale and lower barriers for employers to join.However, both Blom and Klein said this would require extending the compulsory status of the pension fund by at least one year to allow for the transition.Hijlkema said he feared that suspending the scheme’s mandatory status would lead to a domino effect.“As large firms already pay wages from abroad and avoid mandatory participation, suspension may also tempt other employers to do the same,” he said. “This would lead to a vicious circle, with ever-increasing costs for the remaining companies.”Last year, the pension fund spent €327 per participant on pensions administration.At the end of last June, its funding ratio stood at 118.3%. Its financial position enabled the scheme to grant its participants and pensioners inflation compensation of 1.27%.The shipping scheme reported a 2% loss on investments. It has 4,985 workers, 11,335 deferred members and 2,910 pensioners. The €970m Dutch sector scheme for the Rhine and inland shipping is likely to lose its mandatory status, as not enough employers support the current compulsory participation.In its annual report for 2018, the Pensioenfonds Rijn- en Binnenvaart said that 40.7% of active participants were employed by companies affiliated with an industry organisation that had requested mandatory participation.This figure must be at least 50% for the pension fund to keep its legal mandatory status, and both the pension fund and its social partners have warned that the necessary improvement is unlikely be achieved before the deadline in May next year.According to Bert Klein, trustee at trade union Nautilus International, possible alternatives – such as setting up a employer organisation dedicated to pensions, or a merger with another sector scheme – had already been ruled out “as they would create new problems”.last_img read more

Man charged with intimidation and pointing a firearm

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—​Thursday, Lawrenceburg Police were dispatched to Strong’s Pizzeria in regards to a male customer causing problems and yelling at employees. Dispatch advised the officers that the male, later identified as Joshua Richards, 37, of Houston, Texas had a gun out as well.​When officers responded to the area, witnesses told the police that Richards was bragging about being from Texas, became disorderly and asked to leave the property. One witness stated that when Richards left the property, he walked to the trunk of his vehicle and was seen pulling a long object out of a case. Other witnesses stated that they did not see a gun, however, the male handled the object like a gun. As a result of his actions, numerous people were leaving the restaurant in fear and panic. Officers were unable to find Richards at that time.​As officers were assisting patrons leaving the pizzeria, dispatch advised officers that a suspicious male was at an apartment building in Lawrenceburg and the male was swinging a gun around a silver passenger car. Upon officer’s arrival, the male matching the description given by witnesses as Strong’s Pizzeria was located and detained. This male was identified as Richards. His vehicle was located and officers observed a rifle and loose rifle ammunition near the center console area of his car.​When officers began speaking with Richards, he appeared intoxicated. Officers spoke with a witness, who stated that she went outside on break at her job and saw a male acting funny, and observed the male swinging a long gun and then pointed the gun at a building across the street and then pointed the gun toward herself and other employees.​Richards was taken into custody and has been charged with Intimidation, (Drawing a Deadly Weapon), Pointing a Firearm, Theft, and Public Intoxication.last_img read more

Warnock plans busy January sales

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Neil Warnock admits the club must make “two or three” signings in January to boost their chances of Barclays Premier League survival. Palace have won just once in nine games ahead of a crucial Christmas period that includes matches against Manchester City, Southampton and fellow strugglers QPR. Only two points currently separate the Eagles from the bottom three and Warnock believes it will be essential to strengthen the squad when the transfer window opens. “We’ve got to bring players in,” said Warnock, whose side host Stoke on Saturday. “Without knocking our players, they’ve got to be better than we’ve already got and it takes quite a lot of money to do that. “We’ve got some good players so it’s just trying to add two or three players to the squad that we’ve got to give us that bit more in depth. “The substitutes’ bench hasn’t had a lot of players on it for me to change a game so that’s something for the second half of the season, where we can look to influence the game by the substitutes.” Palace have struggled for goals in recent games, scoring just once in their last three league outings. Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha both impressed during a goalless draw at Tottenham last weekend but the Eagles lack enough cutting edge in the final third to snatch victory. “I think we’ve known all along that we haven’t got that clinical striker,” Warnock said. “I think we’ve scored quite a few goals over the season but they just seem to be in spurts. When we score, we score three. “We’ve got to start putting lesser chances away that would have earned us quite a lot more points.” Defensive midfielder Mile Jedinak is the club’s top scorer in the league this term with five goals, three of which came from the penalty spot. Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Fraizer Campbell have all struggled for form while experienced frontman Andrew Johnson has been sidelined with injuries. Damien Delaney could return to the Eagles starting line-up on Saturday. The defender was on the bench for the goalless draw against Tottenham last weekend but is now considered fully fit, having recovered from a calf injury. Midfielder Jason Puncheon will be assessed after missing training on Thursday through illness while Joe Ledley (hip) and Adrian Mariappa (knee) are both ruled out. Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be hoping for more magic from Bojan Krkic as his side attempt to make it back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season. The former Barcelona man struggled initially after signing for the Potters in the summer but, since coming back into the team at the end of October, he has got better and better. It was Bojan who stood out as the most influential player on the pitch as Stoke stunned Arsenal last weekend, scoring the second goal in a 3-2 victory. This weekend the Potters head to Palace, and manager Hughes said of Bojan: “Arguably he’s been our best performer since he’s come back in. “He’s worked hard, he’s listened, understood what’s required and when he came back in I knew he was ready. I can’t claim to have known he would perform so well but certainly there was a good chance. “He wasn’t affecting games in the manner we would have liked initially, but that was to be expected. We can’t get too carried away because there is still a lot more to come from him, and that is exciting. “He didn’t come in here in the summer wanting a 12 month contract – he made a big commitment to us, just as we made one to him too. He needed that stability (of a four-year deal) to be effective in the Premier League and for us. “It’s still early days. He’s only had five or six games at the level he needs to be but he’s playing with a smile on his face, his team-mates understand what he can give them and he helps as well with his work ethic – and he’s a good kid.” The heated atmosphere at the Britannia Stadium certainly helped Stoke against Arsenal, but Hughes knows the boot will be on the other foot at Selhurst Park. He said: “It’s a great atmosphere down there. I always found that as a player and it’s not changed since I have been in management. “The last couple of years it seems to have gone up a notch, just as that happened here when this club won promotion. “We get the benefit of it at the Brit and I think that should be encouraged, it’s a great atmosphere to be involved in. They will look to use it to their advantage on Saturday, but we will go down there and enjoy it, and hopefully pick up the result we believe we are capable of.” Hughes looks set to be without defender Marc Muniesa, who tweaked his hamstring against Arsenal, but Jonathan Walters is available despite an ongoing knee problem. Press Associationlast_img read more