To assist the long-term sick to reintegrate into the employment market, the N-VA (New Flemish Alliance) is proposing to inspire people into flexible employment, which is predicted in the hotel and catering trade.
Foreign workers will no longer be eligible for unemployment benefit under the same conditions as Belgians, under new austerity measures put in place during the Budget check.
Belgium had 630,806 unemployed in 2014, compared to 171,600 in 1954.

“No new tax on job creation”

Sunday, 13 March 2016 20:32
The federal government is still looking for around 2.2 billion dollars, to get the State’s 2016 budget back on track. They want to be able to balance the books by 2018, the Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders (MR) said on Sunday.
Between 2010 and 2015, the number of secondary freelancers went up by 10.6%, according to data from the Social Security Freelancers Institute (Inast).
From the 1st of March, all workers on a building site costing more than 500,000 euros will have to register.
The management of the SNCB group has sent a new version of the social protocol agreement which guarantees a 31,765-strong workforce through to the end of 2018.
Work incapacity-related expenditure was greater to expenditure linked to unemployment in 2015. This is a first in the history of Belgian Social Security, La Libre Belgique indicates on Wednesday.
On Monday morning, the GCLTUB (General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium (which represents workers through direct union organisation) led awareness-raising action in front of the headquarters of the bank BNP Paribas in Charerloi.
The former SNCB boss Marc Deschaecker was invited to the Grand Oral La Premiere/Le Soir on Saturday.