The New Flemish Alliance wants to scrap the maximum salary for public company bosses, the Het Nieuwsblad reported on Saturday. “Bosses have to be rewarded based on results. The government shouldn’t be involved in that”, says MP Peter Dedecker.
The government decided to set a maximum salary for those in charge of public companies on the Stock Exchange back in 2014. They set it at 650,000 euros gross per year. According to the figures from the Chamber, Dominique Leroy (Proximus) and Koen Van Gerven (bpost) are the highest paid CEOs.
The Nationalist MP is asking for the maximum salary to be scrapped, despite it being politically difficult during a period of budget cuts. “It’s obvious that this ideological advertising makes no sense. These companies work in a liberal and commercial context. Manager’s salaries have to correspond to customer satisfaction”, Mr Dedecker said. His party is also planning to pitch their idea to the government.
Alexander De Croo (Open Vld), the Minister for Public companies, has already said he is not planning to scrap the maximum salary.