Belgium - Workers protest against pension reform - December 31, 2017

Members of the three main trade unions took the streets in a national demonstration against the Federal Government’s pensions’ reforms after the chamber of representatives voted in favour of a pension reform project in November. The reform will modify the law for salaried and self-employed workers regarding the principle of total career and early retirement pensions. The unions are concerned that the government is introducing new pension laws, including a points system, without an agreement by social partners. They have denounced the ‘dismantling of public sector pensions’ and warned that the reforms could create insecurity for pensioners as well as having a detrimental effect on the careers of women in particular. 

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