Belgium - Workers lose nearly 1% of their purchasing power in 2016 - March 31, 2017

The General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium (CGSLB) published data, which reveal that workers lost 0.94% of their purchasing power in 2016. The country appears to be the only country in Europe, in which workers were able to buy less with their pay (e.g. German and Dutch wages rose respectively by 1.6% and 2.2%). The Michel government had decided on an increase in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) which prevented the increase in wages and salaries adapting to the cost of living, according to the CGSLB.   

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