Belgium - Protests produce results in non-profit sector - June 21, 2010

The SETCA services union reports that the regional government of Wallonia has agreed to allocate an additional Euro 4.5 million to the non-profit sector in response to demands from the trade unions. The sector includes a range of health and social services and the extra cash will cover a harmonisation of pay structures across the sectors, proper application of elements of the 2007-2009 agreement and a range of measures on employment. The union sees this as a first step to meeting its collective bargaining demands and believes that union action, including a national demonstration on 8 June, was important in achieving this. Yet, the negotiations for a federal (countrywide) agreement are still dragging, on the employers’ side obviously hampered by the formation of a new government (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 April and May 2010).

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/369

French: http://www.setca.org/News/Pages/communiquedepresse10062010region …

Dutch: http://www.aclvb.be/publicaties/nieuws/nieuwsitem/detail/nationale-betoging …

 

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.


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