The relationship between MP and employee? Saw one of two away at VVD

This emerges from a tour of the political editors at RTL Nieuws among the largest parties in the House of Representatives.

In 2018, the VVD group had to say goodbye to Member of Parliament Han ten Broeke, after it became known that he had had an unequal relationship with a party employee. The latest version of VVD’s code of conduct is from after that time.

relentless

In it, the party is relentless over unequal conditions. The code states that relations between managers and employees are undesirable, as are relations between members of parliament and employees. “One of the two will have to leave the organization if it is permanent.”

VVD also writes that equal relations between employees in the group are fine. They ‘rarely make a problem’. “The Group Board would like to be informed. We also wish you both good luck.”

Give up one-time excesses

But that does not apply to unequal conditions. “Relationships at an unequal level are reported to the party chairman as soon as they become serious. It can not be established in an instant, but everyone knows very well when that moment is for their own feeling.”

One-night stands within the VVD’s parliamentary party and leaders are frowned upon. “Members of parliament and leaders can be expected to refrain from one-off violations in the group.”

Required

Other major parties in the House of Representatives do not want to go as far as the Liberals in their rules of order. A relationship between a supervisor and a subordinate does not always have to immediately lead to one of the two leaving. The rules of order of the D66 and the PvdA stipulate that such a matter must always be reported to the party leadership. They must then decide what measures are needed.

Cooperation Party D66 puts it this way in its code of conduct: “Partners must be prevented from evaluating, checking or approving each other’s work. If necessary, employment contracts are made or the tasks are distributed differently. Also a transfer to another place or place. “Different portfolio within the group can be discussed. The basic principle is that a solution is sought that suits both people and the group.”

Mutual consultation

At the PvdA, where Member of Parliament Gijs van Dijk recently resigned due to unwanted behavior, agreements are made if such a situation arises.

“We ask you to be open about such situations,” reads the code of conduct. “Openness prevents possible problems. If there is a relationship with a subordinate, a direct colleague from the team, an intern or leader, it is mandatory to report the relationship and to discuss this with the group management or the director. In mutual consultation we will look at dilemmas there (may) arise and we make agreements about the situation that has arisen In addition to the interests and well-being of the people involved, the interests of the PvdA will also be taken into account.

CDA and SP are less aware of what should happen if a relationship arises between a leader and a subordinate. Both parties point out that there is a confidential adviser in the group. Most other parties in the House have such a confidential adviser, and so has the organization of the House of Representatives.

Risk assessment

GroenLinks says managers need to be informed about relationships at work, ‘in order to assess risks and prevent unwanted behavior’. The group’s employees such as trainees, volunteers and employees can also contact GroenLinks from confidential advisers in the House of Representatives and their own two confidential advisers.

PVV, which was discredited by scandals surrounding the House of Representatives Dion Graus, refuses to answer questions about their rules. They even refuse to say whether the party has a code of conduct at all.

New research in Parliament on sexually transgressive behavior

In June last year, a study was announced in the House of Representatives on social security in the House of Representatives building. Vera Bergkamp, ​​chairwoman of the House of Representatives, said at the time that there were ‘structurally too many signals’ that people working in the house were experiencing ‘social insecurity’. The investigation has not yet started. De Telegraaf reports that Bergkamp soon wants to conduct a new investigation into sexually abusive behavior in the House of Representatives. When the former Speaker of the Folketing announced such an inquiry, it was met with opposition from several political parties, which was a matter for individual parties, not from the House of Representatives.

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