Belgium - Government formulates controversial ‘work deal’ - August 31, 2018

The cabinet agreed on a reform during the summer break that was labelled the ‘work deal’. One key feature in the deal, which includes some 20 measures, is the reform of unemployment benefit payments. During the first six months that workers are unemployed, they will receive a higher level of unemployment benefit than is currently the case. After six months the level of unemployment benefit paid will fall more rapidly that up to now. The package led to divergent reactions. Trade union confederation ABVV/FGTB has announced a general strike on 2 October to protest against the deal and the still pending reform of the pension system.

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