Belgium - Union makes up the socio-economic bill - September 30, 2017

Trade union confederation ABVV/FGTB has published its annual socio-economic barometer. The report maps out the detrimental ramifications of government policy on the economy and quality of life and uses figures and statistics to draw up a picture of the state of the country. The union claims that successive governments have demolished the existing social contract between the citizen, business and the government step by step, but that today's centre right administration has speeded matters up. The quality of the new jobs that have been created is simply too low and the country is the only EU state where wages have fallen in real terms cutting spending power.

Read on:   in English …   the barometer (in French) …   the barometer (in Dutch) …  

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