In 2012, the Di Rupo government decided to limit job seeker’s allowance to three years. This measure was put in place in 2015, and has already led to 30,000 people losing their allowance, the FGTB says.
In their ruling, the two labor courts in the Liege region ruled that the National Employment Office (ONEM) should restore the rights of two people who had lost their allowances. The courts decided that this measure does not respect article 23 of the Constitution, which says that everyone has the right to live in dignity.
These decisions could set a precedent. The Belgian tribunals still have to deal with hundreds of appeals.
Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)