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    Self-employed workers union requests support for retailers


    SDI (Self-Employed Workers and SME Employees Union) is pleading for measures to help Brussels retailers, hospitality sector workers, and businesses “adversely” affected by the terror threat. The group wrote to Willy Borsus, Minister for Independents and Small and Medium Enterprises on Wednesday, requesting in particular extensions without interest for the payment of regular contributions for retailers “who can prove they suffered and are still suffering a real and strong negative impact.”

    SDI reckons as well, that compensation for temporary closure could be claimed in the future when there is a lasting terror threat. Many retailers, hospitality sector firms and businesses are seriously affected by a drop in traffic in Brussels, says the organisation, pointing out how important the five-week run-up to Christmas is for traders. “Most businesses in the hospitality sector do 50% of their annual turnover between November 15th and January 31st.”

    Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)