Belgium - Mediation proposal in textile industry accepted - May 14, 2011

After long negotiations, on 13 May the Joint Committee for the textile industry, in which the unions and the Fedustria employers’ federation are represented, accepted the mediation proposal of the Committee’s chairwoman for a set of new collective agreements for blue-collar workers. It includes a wage increase of 0.25% by 1 September 2012. The wage indexation system, earlier attacked by the employers’ delegation, will remain, and internal flexibility will not be expanded. Training efforts in the sector will be intensified. The employers’ side and the unions shared their lack of enthusiasm for the final outcomes, the unions in particular as the wage rise is lower than the 0.3% hike laid down a few months earlier in the IPA, the national framework agreement for the private sector.

Dutch: http://www.demorgen.be/dm/nl/996/Economie/article/detail/1259046 ...

http://kanaalz.rnews.be/z-nieuws-items-textiel-maakt-cao-waar-niemand-tevreden-mee

 

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 at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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