The 2019-2020 draft sector agreement for Joint Committee 111.03 (assemblers) has been concluded

Author: Joséphine Mairate

JC 111.03 (iron industry) has concluded a draft sector agreement for the period 2019-2020. This agreement of 3 June 2019 respects the maximum negotiating envelope of 1.1% in 2019-2020 in accordance with the RD of 24 April 2019 implementing article 7 § 1 of the Act of 26 July 1996 on the promotion of employment and the preventive safeguarding of competitiveness.

Below, we give you a brief overview of the most important subjects mentioned in this sector agreement. A detailed analysis will be included in our sectoral information.

Provisions with an impact on wages

Realization of the wage margin (1.1%)

Companies can fill in the available wage margin for the period 2019-2020 in a transferable envelope of 1.1% of the wage bill on 1 July 2019.

The negotiations should lead to an agreement by 30 September 2019.

On 1 July 2019, the minimum and maximum hourly basic wages as well as the minimum and maximum effective wages will be increased by 1.1 %.

Eco vouchers

Possibility of converting eco vouchers into another benefit before 30 September 2019, under the same rules and conditions as in previous agreements.


Bonuses: 1.1% increase and indexation in 2019 and 2020 of the separation premium, the clothing allowance and the holiday premium

Travelling costs

Increase by 1.1% from 1 February 2020


Social security fund for the metal processing industry

- Extension of the provisions and contributions for the duration of the agreement

- Temporary unemployment: from € 11.55 to € 12.07 (full unemployment benefit) and from € 5.77 to € 6.03 (half unemployment benefit) from 1 July 2019

- Illness: € 89.25 becomes € 93.27 as from 1 July 2019

- RCC/SWT (scheme of unemployment with corporate allowance) and the elderly unemployed: € 80.11 is indexed by 2% cf. the social pivot index system for the period 2019-2020

- Full unemployment: € 6.03 is indexed by 2% cf. the social pivot index system for the period 2019-2020

- New childcare allowance from 1/1/2020 to 31/12/2022:

  • Evaluation at the end of 2021
  • Limit of € 15/month and € 180/year per employee and per child
  • For children under 3 years old

Time credit

  • Maximum extension of the right to time credit with motive to 51 months or 36 months if possible (training);
  • Extension of the Flemish (incentive) bonuses.

Wind-down time jobs

Agreement to extend all existing schemes and to subscribe to collective agreements of the NLC until 31 December 2020:

  • Extension of the wind-down time jobs without allowance from age 50 after 28 years of occupation history;
  • Extension of the  wind-down time jobs with allowance for long careers or strenuous professions from the age of 55 in a 4/5 scheme and from the age of 57 for the half-time scheme (NLC CLA No 137).

Scheme of unemployment with corporate allowance (SWT/RCC)

The sectoral social partners have agreed to subscribe at sectoral level to the NLC CLAs on SWT/RCC until 30 June 2021:

  • SWT/RCC strenuous professions with 33 years of occupational history;
  • SWT/RCC strenuous professions with 35 years of occupational history;
  • SWT/RCC long career (40 years);
  • Exemption from modified availability at the request of the employee from the age of 62 or an occupational history of 42 years.


- Confirmation of the growth path for the interprofessional objective of an average of 5 days of training/year from 2020

- Extension of the individual right to training to 16 hours in the context of lifelong learning

- Extension of risk groups

- Schooling clause: the compensation via the training fund cannot be covered by a schooling clause

- Continued transformation of training funds into career funds

Sustainable employability

  • Provide companies (employers and employees) with substantive and financial support to meet the challenges associated with longer careers.
  • Safeguard and share the accumulated knowledge in this regard.
  • Develop or stimulate joint involvement on the subject.

Job security

Extension of the job security clause


Source: Draft sector agreement 2019-2020 (JC 104.00) - 24.05.2019