Belgium - Negotiations at interprofessional level started - January 01, 2017

Every two years the trade union confederations and their counterparts on the employers’ side negotiate a general agreement for the private sector. In this overall agreement, an indicative development of wage and working conditions is formulated that is later on the reference for negotiations at sectoral and company level. The trade unions have declared that time is ripe for a serious improvement of wages after a two years’ wage freeze, dictated by the government. The leader of the trade union confederation ABVV/FGTB stated that the government’s policy is contributing to a ‘race to the bottom’ that makes employers lazy. The central economic council (CRB), which includes representatives from both sides of industry, calculated that trade unions and employers have to examine the scope for actual wage increases within a 1% margin.

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

French: http://www.fgtb.be/-/aip-les-negociations-ont-commence

http://www.cgslb.be/fr/articles/comite-national …  

Dutch: https://www.acv-online.be/acv-online/Themas/Sociaal-overleg …  

http://www.tijd.be/opinie/algemeen/Loonkostendebat …  

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