Unrest has arisen among employees of the Tax Authorities about a broadcast that the BNNVARA program wants to make BOOS about the allowance scandal. The NCF union has filed a complaint against the program after presenter Tim Hofman called on people via social media to come up with the names of tax officials who allegedly did not follow the rules, the newspaper reports. Fidelity†
“We want to know: who were they? Which civil servants still work there? Which civil servants have been fired or punished, as the tax authorities once punished the parents?” was the appeal from Hofman last Friday.
Chairman Albert van der Smissen of NCF, which in his own words represents 6000 employees of the tax authorities and is therefore the largest trade union, confirms in Fidelity that a report has been filed.
In a letter to the program he speaks of “outright intimidation of civil servants. BNNVARA does not act in journalism with this, but is clearly in the field of vigilance. As far as we are concerned, the limit of what is permissible has been exceeded in this call and it is time for legal action.”
The top officials of the Tax and Customs Administration and the Ministry said in a statement on Friday that they were “greatly concerned” about the approach to BOOS. “We think this is really going too far.” Union chairman Van der Smissen calls this “a somewhat lukewarm response”.
BNNVARA late Fidelity know that the union misinterpreted Hofman’s appeal. According to the broadcaster, it is not the intention to publish a list of officials who have broken the rules, in order to damage them. “Names will only be mentioned if there is sufficient reason to do so and this is also journalistically responsible.”
BOOS does want an answer to the question of how the tax authorities have dealt with people who have deliberately broken the rules. “That is what is meant in the call by: ‘have these officials been punished?’.”