Belgium - Union proposal how to handle arduous jobs - May 31, 2017

The three trade union confederations ACV/CSC, ABVV/FGTB and ACLVB/CGSLB have formulated a joint proposal to make an early retirement possible for workers in hard, arduous jobs. So far, employers are not willing to discuss the proposal, although the social partners had reached an agreement on a common definition. Hard work is work with physical constrains, mental or emotional pressure, higher safety risks and a complicated work organisation. The unions operationalised the four criteria in some 100 aspects. The employers have countered this with the argument of the ‘administrative burden’.   

French: https://www.csc-en-ligne.be/csc-en-ligne/Actualite/communiques-de-presse …  

http://www.lalibre.be/actu/belgique/on-reste-loin-d-un-accord-sur-la-penibilite-du-travail ...  

Dutch: https://www.acv-online.be/Images/170508-Zware-beroepen-vakbonden-leggen ...     

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