Belgium -Tripartite deal leads to split views -February 02, 2015

The protests organised by the three trade union confederations led to an intensification of the tripartite talks. The government agreed with the so-called ‘Group of Ten’, the main negotiators of trade unions and employer organisations, on a timeframe for talks.

The protests organised by the three trade union confederations led to an intensification of the tripartite talks. The government agreed with the so-called ‘Group of Ten’, the main negotiators of trade unions and employer organisations, on a timeframe for talks on issues such as the evolution of salaries and sectorial collective agreements on pay and conditions. The Group of Ten had full autonomy to reach agreements on salary evolution, frameworks for sectorial collective agreements, the extension of the bi-annual sectoral collective agreements and how the 300 million euro earmarked to help those on the lowest pensions and benefits could be shared. A top meeting on 30 January led to a package deal on wages, pensions and benefits that was rejected by the socialist trade union confederation FGTB/ABVV because the decoupling of the automatic linkage between wages, benefits and prices remains intact.

English: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/News ...  

http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/Economy ...  

French: http://www.lesoir.be/772921/article/actualite/belgique/politique ...  

http://www.lesoir.be/772183/article/actualite/belgique ...  

Dutch: http://www.knack.be/nieuws/belgie/sociaal-overleg-ontwerpakkoord ...   

http://www.knack.be/nieuws/belgie/rudy-de-leeuw-abvv-indexsprong-is-domme-fetisj ...  


For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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