Belgium - Temporary unemployment scheme covered over 60,000 workers daily - December 30, 2009

In 2009 Belgian employers saved more than one billion Euro as they made use of the temporary unemployment arrangements administered by the official employment agencies (RVA). According to a RVA report, in the first nine months of the year these arrangements covered a daily average of 64,700 temporarily unemployed; over the full year, a daily average of 60,700 is expected, more than doubling the 2008 average (31,200). Temporary unemployment peaked in February and March 2009, with a daily average of 100,000 workers covered (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 January and May 2009).

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