Belgium - No national agreement yet, temporary unemployment prolonged - December 23, 2010

The union confederations and the main employers’ associations, negotiating in the so-called Group of Ten, have been working for some weeks in December on an interprofessional accord (national agreement) on pay and conditions, but on 21 December they told the outgoing cabinet that there were still disagreements and that they would not reach an agreement before the new year. At the same time, the Group of Ten asked the government to prolong the package of anti-crisis measures, including the temporary unemployment arrangement, due to end by 1 January 2011. On 23 December, the government answered that these measures were prolonged by just one month.




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 at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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