This is evidenced by a tour of RTL Nieuws political editors among the largest parties in the House of Representatives.
The VVD group had to say goodbye to Member of Parliament Han Ten Brucki in 2018, after it became known that he had an unequal relationship with a party employee. The latest version of the VVD Code of Conduct is from after that time.
In it, the party is ruthless about unequal relations. The law states that relations between directors and employees are undesirable, as are relations between representatives and employees. “One of them will have to leave the organization if it is permanent.”
By the way, VVD wrote that equal relations between employees in the group are good. They rarely pose a problem. “The Board of Directors of the group would like to be informed. We also wish both of them good luck.”
Get rid of one-time transgressions
But this does not apply to unequal relationships. “Unequal relations are reported to the party chief as soon as they get serious. It can’t be suspended in one moment, but everyone knows their own feeling when that moment is.”
I stood one night inside the parliamentary VVD party and the executives were upset. “Members of Parliament and executives can be expected to refrain from one-time transgressions within the group.”
The other major parties in the House do not want to go any further than the liberals in their code of conduct. The relationship between supervisor and subordinate does not always have to immediately lead to the departure of one of them. The D66 and PvdA Code of Conduct state that the party leadership must always be informed of this relationship. They must then decide what measures are needed.
The D66 Alliance party puts it this way in its Code of Conduct: “Partners shall be prohibited from evaluating, verifying or approving each other’s work. If necessary, labor agreements or division of tasks shall be made differently. Also transfer to another location or A different portfolio can be discussed within the group. The basic principle is to find a solution that is suitable for both the individuals and the group.”
In the PvdA, where Representative Gijs van Dijk recently resigned due to undesirable behaviour, agreements are made should such a situation arise.
“We ask that you be open about these types of situations,” the Code of Conduct says. “Openness prevents potential problems. If there is a relationship with a subordinate, direct teammate, intern or manager, it is mandatory to report the relationship and discuss it with the group leadership or manager. In mutual consultation, we will look at dilemmas that (may) arise and we will convene Agreements about the situation that has arisen In addition to the interests and welfare of the persons involved, the interests of the PvdA will also be taken into account.
CDA and SP are less clear about what should happen if a manager-subordinate relationship develops. Both parties indicate the presence of a secret advisor in the group. Most other parties in the House of Representatives have a secret advisor, as does the House of Representatives organization.
GroenLinks says managers should be informed about relationships at work, “so that they are able to assess risks and prevent unwanted behaviour.” Group employees such as interns, volunteers and staff can also contact GroenLinks from the House of Representatives’ confidential advisors and their own confidential advisors.
PVV, discredited by scandals surrounding House of Representatives Dion Grouse, refuses to answer questions about its rules. They even refuse to say whether the party has a code of conduct at all.
New research in Parliament on sexually abusive behavior
In June of last year, it was announced in the House of Representatives a Social Safety Inquiry in the Houses of Representatives. House Speaker Vera Bergkamp said at the time that there were “structurally too many indications” that people working in the House were suffering from “social insecurity”. The investigation has not yet begun. De Telegraaf reports that Bergkamp wants a new investigation into sexual abuse in the House of Representatives soon. And when the former Speaker of the House of Representatives announced this investigation, it was met with resistance from several political parties, which is a matter of individual parties and not of the House of Representatives.