Belgium - Mobilisation against pension reforms - February 28, 2018

The proposed pension reform, which will introduce a point system to calculate pensions is met with protest. Following a large demonstration organised by the trade unions in Brussel in December 2017, teachers stopped their work for an hour on 1 February in response to a call from education unions to denounce the pension policy. One of the demands of the teachers is that their job will be recognised as a difficult job so they could retire earlier than at age 67. Only in jobs that are recognised as hard jobs, employees are allowed to retire earlier. The pensions minister had declared in December that mental or emotional hardship alone may not qualify as hardship. This could exclude teachers from early retirement. Another issue of concern is how the new point system will work out for female teachers: the unions demand a more equitable pension for women who may have lost work time to raise their children at home. Public transport workers and other public service workers protested against the pension reforms with a national 24-hour strike on 27 February.

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