Belgium - First nightshift agreement at shoe retailer Torfs - February 28, 2017

Shoe e-retailer Torfs is the first company to reach an agreement with the trade unions on night work since the introduction of new rules in January 2017. The agreement covers overnight hours in the chain’s warehouses, where workers will prepare and dispatch online orders. The plan is to deliver orders made online by 22.00 the next day. According to the agreement – which has still to be signed – warehouse workers will finish work at 23.00, three hours later than they do now. The late hours will be paid at a bonus rate of 25% higher than the basic rate. The plan is that only those workers who want to work later will do so.


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