Van Gyes, Guy
21 Září 2005
Labour migration to Belgium from central and eastern Europe has increased substantially since EU enlargement in 2004. However, much of this employment is illegal or performed under arrangements regarded by many as somewhat dubious, in sectors such as construction and transport. In summer 2005, the social partners in the building sector set up an 'unfair competition' working party in cooperation with the government to address labour migration from central and eastern Europe and possible abuses.
22 Červen 2005
Since the early 1990s, the Flemish social partners and regional government have concluded their own regional 'employment agreements' (BE0305302F  and BE0209303F ) on stimulating or adapting the labour market. On 20 January 2005, they signed a new employment agreement (werkgelegenheidsakkoord) for 2005-6. The deal was reached with little difficulty - in contrast to the breakdown of national bargaining between trade unions and employers' organisations over a new 2005-6 intersectoral agreement BE0502302F )  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/flemish-employment-agreement-provides-training-vouchers-and-tax-relief  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/collective-agreements-on-employment-to-be-ratified-by-regional-authorities  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/2005-6-intersectoral-agreement-hits-problems
05 Leden 2005
In the mid-1990s, the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens/Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond, CSC/ACV) - Belgium's largest trade union organisation - launched a 'plan for the future', aimed at more work, more fiscal justice and more social security. In late 2004, CSC/ACV revised the plan, which calls for an alternative financing of the social security system, and started a renewed campaign to promote its content.
28 Listopad 2004
In order to conform with EU regulations, the Belgian electricity market is gradually opening and will be fully liberalised over 2006-7 (BE0103343F ). Traditionally, electricity prices were set by a control committee, which was dominated by the social partners and especially the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique/Verbond van Belgische Ondernemingen, FEB/VBO) employers' organisation. The committee chose to set low prices for large-scale and heavy industry (steel, chemicals, textile etc), which provides many jobs. The electricity sector generated substantial profits. with relatively high prices for small consumers (households and small enterprises). Production was monopolised by Electrabel, part of the major holding company Generale (owned by the French-based Suez). Distribution was in the hands of semi-public enterprises known as intercommunales.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/liberalisation-of-electricity-market-to-cost-1700-jobs
27 Červen 2004
June 2004 was a busy political month in Belgium, with elections to the European Parliament and regional parliaments (the latter are very important, given Belgium's federal structure). In the run-up to the elections, social partner organisations at various levels put together their proposals and demands for the next regional governments. Social services sector unions in particular held active protests for higher wages and a better quality of work in the future, while prison guards protested against alleged understaffing and excessive overtime. However, the most high-profile event was probably a protest demonstration on 4 June against a draft EU Directive on 'services in the internal market'. The demonstration was supported by a broad coalition of left-wing political parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), with the lead taken by the two largest trade union confederations - the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens/Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond, CSC /ACV) and the Belgian General Federation of Labour (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB /ABVV).  http://www.acv-online.be/Actueel/Campagnes/Richtlijn_bolkestein/default.asp  http://www.fgtb.be/code/fr/fram018.htm
01 Červen 2004
Between 6-19 May 2004, social elections  were held across the Belgian private sector to elect workers’ representatives on enterprise-level information and consultation bodies, both works council  s (conseils d'entreprise/ondernemingsraden, CEs/ORs) and committees for prevention and protection at the workplace  (comités pour la prévention et protection au travails/comités voor preventie en bescherming op het werk, CPPTs/CPBWs). The elections occur across the private sector every four years, and the 2004 poll was the 14th since their introduction in 1950 (for works councils).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/social-elections  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/works-council-0  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/workplace-health-and-safety-committee