Belgium - Railway workers come to an agreement - June 30, 2016

After a long period of disputes and industrial action the railway workers’ unions and the national rail company have come to an agreement. They reached an accord on compensation days and measures to increase productivity. The drive to increase productivity of the company triggered industrial action in recent months as the management pressed for a reduction in the number of holidays and compensation days enjoyed by rail staff. In the deal the rail unions have agreed to drop the 15 November holiday. From 2017 on, one compensation day will be lost after 18 days of illness. Rail staff will then no longer enjoy 2 November as a holiday either. No further measures intended at increasing productivity are planned before 2020.

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