The Liberal Party is pushing a plan to make childcare facilities more accessible for working parents. Under the plan, the employee, the employer, and the government would each pay one-third of the cost.
Eighty percent of Dutch employers already pay the one-third voluntarily. This is what the leader of the Liberal Party, Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm, had to say about that:
Zalm said this figure must rise to 90 percent by the middle of 2006, or else a compulsory contribution for employers would be unavoidable.