Belgium: Limited wage rises expected in 2016
The Belgian government adopted proposals for limited wage increases on 28 April 2015.
Social partners agreed that, due to the crisis, wages would be frozen during 2015. However, a maximum increase of 0.8% would be possible from 2016 (in Dutch).
The agreement is based on the yearly technical report of the Central Economic Council (CEB) on wage growth in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France.
The draft agreement was reached by employers' organisations the Federation of Enterprises (FEB/VBO), the Organisation for the Self-Employed and SMEs (UNIZO), the smallholders’ organisation UCM Farmers, with tThe Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (ACV) and the General Federation of Liberal trade unions of Belgium (ACLVB). However, the socialist trade union, the Belgian General Federation of Labour (ABVV/FGTB), refused to sign the agreement.