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 %.
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
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
- 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
- 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.
Extension of the job security clause
Source: Draft sector agreement 2019-2020 (JC 104.00) - 24.05.2019