Social dialogue officially started again concerning police pensions, a source close to the case told the Belga agency on Tuesday. The CSC and SLFP-Police unions confirmed there will be a meeting between the Home Affairs minister Jan Jambon and the unions on Thursday at 4.30pm. Stéphane Deldicque, from the CSC-Police union, said he was glad the negotiations had officially started again. “But we are not jumping for joy”, he added. Several information meetings took place over the last few days. “The minister is sticking tothe limits of the government agreement”, said Mr Deldicque, “even though he understands he has confined himself to a calendar that won’t do much good”.
Vincent Gilles, national president of the SLFP-Police, is also expecting difficult negotiations. “The current propositions are not going to be easy to fight”, he said, while confirming negotiations had started again.
The problem started last year when a decree from the Constitutional Court cancelled part of the legislation concerning a retirement and pre-retirement plan for certain officers. When Charles Michel’s government formed, Mr Jambon and the Pensions minister, Daniel Bacquelaine, requested negotiations with the unions. These discussions have still not taken place, and the unions started striking at the end of last year.