Belgium - Carrefour Belgium and unions reach agreement - May 28, 2010

Following several months of negotiations and many strikes, a draft agreement is on the table between Carrefour Belgium and the SETCA-BBTK, CNE-CSC, and LBC-NVK unions. In the unions internal processes of consultation are on their way for its adoption. Whereas Carrefour initially intended to close or franchise 28 stores, 12 have been rescued with 900 jobs; 16 supermarkets will be transferred to the Belgian chain Mestdagh. There will be no forced lay-offs. The collective agreement specific to Carrefour Hypermarkets, that is more advantageous for the workers, will be respected. Also, the necessary savings on the company side will be realised without questioning existing social achievements. For the next six years, the employer will guarantee a minimum number of jobs, including penalties for non-compliance (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 February and April 2010).



This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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