Belgium - Agreement on early retirement in arduous jobs - October 31, 2017

Negotiations between the federal government and the trade unions in the public sector have led to a memorandum with general principles. Workers that have carried out arduous and hard work for at least 5 years will have the opportunity to retire at the age of 60 years. Those that continue their career receive in return higher pension benefits. The conditional criteria that are taken into account are: inconvenient working time (night and shift work), hard physical work (lifting), psychological and emotional pressure, and high safety and health risks. The government is working on a draft act that will implement the formulated principles. Earlier on, similar negotiations in the private sector ended in a dead-end street. The government is reflecting a proposal for the public sector.

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