Elzinga believes that employers and the government should take action, for example by raising wages “significantly”. The minimum wage will go into effect from next year up fasterBut that’s not enough, he says. He wants a minimum of 14 euros per hour, “and linked to this an increase in the benefit and the state pension”.
In addition, he argues for the introduction of the price law, which would allow the cabinet to introduce a maximum price for groceries or energy. He does not think it is unreasonable that companies then have to lose turnover. “What we’re seeing now is that inflation is impoverishing citizens, while companies… record profits to make. There’s plenty of money, but that’s all with companies.”
Elzinga sees little point in a new social agreement in which unions make agreements with employers to repair the declining purchasing power. “We need a wage wave. We need a decent wage, and I think we have to take to the streets for that, that we have to take action for that. It is now really up to employers and politicians to get over the bridge. “