Belgium -New collective agreement on time off and career break -June 27, 2012

After a strike and several protests the government has started new negotiations with the trade unions on the general scheme of time off. An agreement has been signed that is more limited than the existing scheme. However, with this scheme employees keep the right to leave for urgent elderly help or caretaking with a maximum of three years. Also a career break for a maximum period of twelve months is included. Third element in the agreement is the possibility for elderly workers to change to a four-day week job.


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