The 2019-2020 draft sector agreement for Joint Committee 118.00 (food industry) has been concluded

Author: Joséphine Mairate
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JC 118.00 (food industry) has concluded a draft sector agreement for the period 2019-2020. This agreement of 01 July 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, you will find a brief overview of the main subjects of this sector agreement. A detailed analysis will be included in our sector information.

Applying the wage margin

The 1.1% envelope is allocated to the company, to be used in accordance with the framework for the 2019-2020 negotiations.

The envelope corresponds to 1.1% of the gross wages, increased by the employer's contributions, but reduced by the cost of the increase in the sectoral minimum wages.

Minimum wages

As from 1 July 2019, the sectoral minimum wages will increase by 0.16 EUR.

As from 01 January 2020, the sectoral minimum wages will increase by 0.04 EUR.

As from 1 January 2020, real wages will increase by 1.1%, unless a company agreement is concluded at the latest the 31th of December 2019. This increase cannot be combined with the minimum wages mentioned above.

Gross premium, shift and night premiums

The gross premium of 80 EUR will have to be paid one last time by 25 December 2019 in those companies where it has not been converted into another benefit.

As from 1 January 2020, the minimum amounts of the sectoral shift premiums is established as follows:

  • 3.96 EUR for the provision of working clothes
  • 4.68  for the maintenance of working clothes
  • 3.96 EUR for the provision of working clothes

As from 1 January 2020, the minimum amount of the night premium in the sector is established at 2.04 EUR.

Mobility

From 1 January 2020, the contribution to commuting costs by public transport will increase to 80% and the bicycle allowance to 0.24 EUR per actual kilometre travelled.

Additional allowance in the event of termination of the employment contract for reasons of medical force majeure

The additional allowance when the employment contract is terminated due to medical force majeure amounts to 11.38 EUR per day from 1 January 2020.

Socio-economic security long-term illness

The additional compensation to be paid by the social security and welfare fund in the event of long-term illness is 7.56 EUR per day. This increase shall apply from the first payment after 1 January 2020.

Clothes allowance

Employers must provide and maintain working clothes. As from 1 January 2020, the weekly costs for the company can be estimated at:

  • 3.96 EUR for the provision of working clothes
  • 4.68  for the maintenance of working clothes

Training

From 1 January 2020, the training efforts will increase to an average of 4 days of training per year per full-time equivalent.

RCC/SWT, time credit and end-of-career jobs

The parties will enter into a collective bargaining agreement to maintain the age of 55 years in 2019 and 2020 for the 1/5th end-of career jobs ‘long occupational history' and 'arduous occupations’ and 57 years for the end-of career jobs ‘long occupational history' and 'arduous occupations'.

With effect from 1 July 2019, the existing system of end-of-career days shall be amended as follows:

  • 3.96 EUR for the provision of working clothes
  • 4.68  for the maintenance of working clothes
  • 3.96 EUR for the provision of working clothes
  • 4.68  for the maintenance of working clothes

The existing system of end-of-career days for large bakeries will be amended as follows from 01 July 2019:

  • from the age of 60 to 59 (3 days)
  • and an extra day at the age of 62.

Feasible work

Companies that have not yet concluded a collective bargaining agreement must do so before 30 June 2020. The social partners are committed to supporting their own members and motivating them to do so.

In consultation with the trade union delegation, the company CBA on temporary agency work and on improving feasibility will be evaluated by 30/06/2020 at the latest. It identifies the actions that need to be further developed and new actions that need to be taken.

Supplementary pension

The solidarity contributions will be extended within existing resources in order to allow certain manual workers to continue to build up their sectoral supplementary pension in case of loss of income. The amendments will be applied as follows: the participation in the financing of the supplementary pension of 1.00 EUR per day of time credit.

Social peace

The trade unions undertake not to impose any requirements in the company other than the application of this collective bargaining agreement.

Duration of the agreement

The provisions of this collective bargaining agreement enter into force on 1 January 2019 and are valid for an indefinite period of time, unless otherwise stipulated.

The sector agreement will only become final upon publication on the website of the FPS Employment Labour and Social Dialogue. We will keep you informed.

Source: Draft sector agreement 2019-2020 (JC 118.00) – 01.07.2019