On 11 June 2019, the social partners of this joint committee concluded their sectoral agreement for 2019-2020. As stipulated in the Royal Decree of 24 April 2019 implementing Article 7 § 1 of the Act of 26 July 1996 on the promotion of employment and the preventative safeguarding of competitiveness, this agreement complies with the maximum negotiating envelope of 1.1% in 2019 and 2020.
Below, you will find a brief overview of the main subjects of this protocol agreement. A detailed analysis will be included in our sectoral information.
Provisions with an impact on wages
On 01 July 2019, the scale and actual wages will increase by 1.1 %.
As from 1 July 2019:
- the bicycle allowance will be increased to € 0.24/km.
- the employers' contribution to the costs of train transport will be increased to 80 %.
Trade union premium
As from 2019, the trade union premium paid by the fund will be increased to € 145.
Scheme of unemployment with corporate allowance (RCC/SWT)
The sectoral collective bargaining agreement that provides for RCC/SWT from the age of 62 is extended.
In addition, the social partners in the sectors subscribe to the NLC framework agreement that grants RCC/SWT to employees aged 59 and over after a long occupational history (until 30 June 2021). Including the provisions concerning the possibility of exemption from availability.
Soft-end-of career' jobs and time credit (until 31 December 2020)
Right to full-time and half-time time credit with motive will be extended to a maximum of:
- 36 months for the motive of pursuing a training course;
- 51 months for the motive of providing care.
The Flemish incentives CBA will be extended:
The social partners are fully subscribing to the lowering of the age limit for end-of career jobs with benefits after a long occupational history (35 years) and heavy and arduous professions, as included in CBA No. 137:
- 1/5 end-of career job as from the age of 55;
- 1/2 end-of-career job as from the age of 57.
The CBA groups at risk will be extended until 31 December 2020.
This sector agreement will only become final after publication on the website of the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue. We will keep you informed.
Source: 2019-2020 Protocol Agreement (JC 107)