On 23 October 2019, the social partners of this joint committee concluded their 2019-2020 sector agreement (registration No. 155,000). 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 most important 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 EUR 21 gross/month.
For part-time employees, this amount is prorated.
As from 1 November 2019, non-manual employees who use their (electric) bicycle to go to work will receive an increased bicycle allowance of 0.24 EUR/km (up to a maximum of 40 km/day return trip).
For the period from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021, non-manual employees 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 child care 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.
Remark: This obligation does not apply for companies with a workforce fewer than 20.
System of unemployment with corporate allowance (RCC/SWT)
The existing sectoral collective agreement on RCC/SWT for companies employing 5 or more employees is brought into line with the new provisions of the NLC collective agreement and extended for the period from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021.
The existing collective agreement on time credit for companies employing 20 or more employees is adapted to the rules of the NLC-collective agreement and extended for the period from 30 June 2019 to 30 June 2021.
The existing allowance of 25 EUR/month, payable by the Social 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.
This agreement was recently 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 (registration No. 155,000), in force from 30 June 2019 until 30 June 2021.