Public sector leads the field in strikes

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:07
Belgium’s public service placed first among sectors with the highest strike rates in 2017, L’Echo newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting the latest study by the Sociopolitical Research and Information Centre, CRISP.
Talks between unions representing airport baggage handlers and employers Aviapartner broke down on Saturday without a result, and more flights can be expected to be cancelled today.
The strike by baggage handlers working for Aviapartner at Brussels Airport continues this Saturday, with one in five flights already cancelled – 110 of the scheduled 550 flights.

Over four million people work in Belgium

Friday, 26 October 2018 17:12
Over four million people worked in Belgium as at September 2018, while the number of unemployed persons continued to decline, according to data from the national social security and national employment offices, ONSS and ONEM, released on Friday by Labour Minister Kris Peeters.
A wildcat strike of baggage handlers working for Aviapartner at Brussels Airport has continued into its second day, with 18 flights cancelled at the time of going to press, and another seven planned.
Federal labour minister Kris Peeters has given his partial backing to a call from the families’ union Gezinsbond for working grandparents to be given special leave to care for their grandchildren in certain critical situations.
It is a time of major change on the railways – except when it isn’t.
In the first eight months of 2018, three out of four employees covered by the Auxiliary Paritary Commission for Employees, CP200, received an average gross salary increase of 22.60 euros, the Acerta human resources agency said in a study published on Wednesday.
"The law does not need to be negotiated but respected,” unions representing workers at Ryanair said in an open letter meant as a reminder for the CEO of the low-cost Irish carrier, Michael O’Leary.
The Brussels regional employment office, Actiris, has launched its second consecutive campaign to encourage jobseekers to learn Dutch, and featuring national footballer Vincent Kompany.