Another four years of Aalt Dijkhuizen. Another four years of that giga salary. Another four years of that bonus. An appointment without elections. A bitter pill for us to swallow. Politics is more democratic. Our chance to cut costs also at the top has come to grief.
Without doubt, our top administrator must have worked very hard the previous years. The university is doing well. Hats off to him. The needed cost-cutting measures have been carried out, and the organization is financially sound. However, problems still prevail. For example, at DLO. And very much so at VHL, where forty jobs have to be scrapped. This therefore begs the question: is the feeling worded by Margreeth de Boer - 'We are very honoured to be able to appoint Aalt Dijkhuizen for a third term' - shared by those on the work floor?
All of us are concerned about our salaries. Creative solutions are constantly being churned out to achieve better results with less money. Improve communications. Take up any criticisms dutifully. Everyone does his/her best. But the word 'cost-cutting' still makes its rounds through the corridors. With work pressure hot on its heels. While we take it all in our stride.
And now we receive word that we're going to retain for another four years a council chairman who is paid tens of thousands every year. For that price, we can get two Jan-Peters instead. 'The fixed salary has been agreed upon eight years ago in the employment contract' is the excuse. So what? Things can change within eight years. Our budgets have gone down too in these eight years. And not just by a little. We have to cut costs. Why not at the top?
Aalt suppresses a laugh behind his cupped palm. Being the clever top man that he is, he's sure to have seen the cost-cutting arguments coming his way. The sentiments are now high but they won't do much damage. Just give up a little of the bonus, spread over four years, of course. Yes, I'll agree to that too.
Except that there's a little 'but': the cabinet has been dissolved. Jan-Peter could be available. And he's a bargain, compared to Aalt.