On the eve of the first anniversary of the swearing in of the Michel government FTGB Horval launched its campaign dubbed “Do not bleed dry the hotel restaurant and café sector!” The Socialist trade union group also wishes to decry the measures of the executive, that directly affect the hotel, restaurant and café sector (horeca). “Hotel, restaurant and café workers are guinea pigs so that similar measures might be introduced within other sectors,” the trade union organization particularly denounced.
So as to inform both workers and the general public, FGTB Horval has also set up a website (https://www.letravaildanslhoreca.be/).
The trade unions are highly critical of measures implemented by the government in respect of the hotel, restaurant and café sector. They consider that these are dismantling the sector and encouraging unfair competition.
The government’s policy for horeca introduced mandatory cash tills against the backdrop of numerous support measures such as a cut in VAT, the extension of overtime hours, more versatile casual working and flexible working, which will allow workers to supplement their incomes by taking a second job. This last point had particularly crystallised the grievances of trade unions who feared that full time jobs were under threat.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)