Dutch independent painters summon pension fund to court
Written by Tineke de Vries
Dutch interest group for independent contractors in the construction industry, Zelfstandigen Bouw, has summoned Bpf Schilders, the pension fund for painters, and the state to court over the compulsory participation of independent painters in the pension fund, if a mediation attempt does not succeed by 1 January 2018.
For years the interest group has been trying to get dispensation for independent painters who want to exit the pension fund.
The fund believes dispensation is against the principle of a balanced representation of interests and says such an option is not in the interest of independent contractors.
Earlier this year, Zelfstandigen Bouw announced to go to court, after which the Ministry of Social Affairs took the initiative for a mediation attempt.
Despite the conversations that have taken place to find an independent mediator who can take on the case, Zelfstandigen Bouw says the Ministry has not yet responded with the subsequent steps.
The pension fund states that it is only responsible for carrying out a pension arrangement. The fund points to the social partners who have agreed on the arrangement and have requested the Ministry for the compulsory participation.