Belgium - Pay deal approved - February 28, 2017

The Federal Government has approved the inter-professional salary agreement for the next two years. The agreement on rules that govern the amount wages can be increased over the next two years also includes measures that will prolong the system of pre-pension for another two years. The trade union members and employers' federations had already approved the accord. The agreement states that wages can rise up to 1.1% above the rate of inflation. The lowest benefits are also to be increased. The age at which people can take pre-pension will also be raised, but less quickly than the government had originally wanted.

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