The restructuring plans would affect thousands of Belgian employees.
By 1 December last, 13.207 employees and public servants had applied to buy back study years in exchange for higher pensions upon retirement, according to figures from the minister in charge of pensions, Daniel Bacquelaine (Reformist Movement, MR).
Less than half of the active workers on Belgian construction sites benefit from the salaried construction worker status, De Standaard reported Monday.

Three bookstores close every week

Monday, 07 January 2019 14:06
The number of bookstores has dropped by a quarter in ten years, and an average of three of these businesses have permanently closed their doors each week between 2016 and 2017, a Neutral Union for Independents (SNI) study reveals, based on FPS Economy data.
British chemical group INEOS is about to invest 2.7 billion euros into two factories in Antwerp’s Port, which would be the most important deal of its kind in the European chemical industry in the past 20 years, De Tijd and L’Echo reported Saturday.
The salary of an employee over 55 is 76% higher than that of a colleague only 25, according to service provider Acerta HR’s study on gross wages.
The decision by the commercial court of Brussels to ban the activities of car-sharing company Uber will not stop its activities in the capital, lawyers said in a statement to news agency Belga.
The Brussels-Capital Region ended the year 2018 with 88,317 jobseekers, giving an unemployment rate of 15.7%, the lowest for a month of December in 26 years.

Mail carriers suffer more attacks

Thursday, 03 January 2019 15:53
The year 2018 is in danger of passing 2017 in the number of attacks on mail carriers, according to official numbers.
The number of jobseekers in Belgium receiving unemployment benefits in November was 332,667, a decrease of 20,856 units or 5.9% over November 2017, according to statistics published on Friday by the National Employment Office, ONEM.