JC 202.01: the sector agreement 2019-2020 has arrived!

Author: Jonas Verplanken

On 23 October 2019, the social partners of the joint committee for medium-sized food companies concluded their 2019-2020 sector agreement (reg. no. 155.344). This agreement respects the maximum negotiating envelope of 1.1% in 2019 and 2020 as set out in the Royal Decree of 19 April 2019.

Below, you will find a brief overview of the main subjects of the sector agreement. A detailed analysis can be found in our sector information.

Provisions with an impact on wages

Applying the wage margin

On 1 November 2019, the average minimum monthly income, the wage scales and the actually paid monthly wages of full-time employees increased by € 21 gross/month.

For part-time employees, this amount is prorated.

Travel expenses

As from 1 November 2019, non-manual workers who use their (electric) bicycle to go to work receive an increased bicycle allowance of € 0.24/km (up to a max. of 40 km/day there and back.

End-of-year bonus

For the period from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021, non-manual workers whose employment contract is terminated by mutual agreement are also entitled to a (prorated) end-of-year bonus.

Social Security Fund

The current contributions to childcare and out-of-school care, as well as the job creation premiums, will be maintained.


In implementation of the law on feasible and flexible work, training efforts are planned for the entire sector, being at least equivalent to a training effort of 2 days on average per year per full-time equivalent for the years 2019-2020 combined.

Scheme of unemployment with corporate allowance (RCC/SWT)

The existing sectoral collective labour agreement (CLA) on RCC/SWT is brought into line with the new provisions of the NLC-CLA and extended for the period from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021.

Time credit

The existing CLA on time credit is adapted to the rules of the NLC-CLA and extended for the period from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021.

The existing bonus of € 25/month, payable by the Social Security Fund, granted to employees aged 55 and over who reduce their working hours by 1/5 and work in a company with 20 or more employees is maintained. However, from now on, it will only be granted from the age of 60.

Validity period

This agreement has recently been published on the website of the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue and is therefore final. It is valid from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021.


Source: sector agreement 2019-2020 of 23 October 2019 (reg. no. 155.344), in force from 30 June 2019 until 30 June 2021.