A protocol agreement for JC 140.03 (road transport and contract haulage)

Author: Leen Lafourt

On 27 June 2019, the social partners of this Joint Committee concluded a protocol agreement for 2019 and 2020. This protocol agreement respects the maximum negotiating envelope of 1.1 % in 2019 and 2020 in accordance with the RD of 19 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 the sector agreement. A detailed analysis will be included in our sector information.

Purchasing power

Wage increase

As from 1 October 2019, the actual wages, scale wages and seniority bonus will increase by 1.1 % for driver, non-driver and garage staff.

One-off gift voucher

Employees with 6 months seniority on 31 December 2019 will each receive a one-off gift voucher of
€ 25.


Home-to-work allowance from the first kilometre.

Students’ wage scale

Introduction of a students’ wage scale: 90 % for all categories.

Night work

Night work is permitted in this Joint Committee. Manual workers who perform night work receive an hourly financial allowance for night work.

The amounts of this allowance differ for workers younger than 50 years of age/at least 50 years of age. This distinction will be abolished and everyone will receive the allowance for workers over 50 years of age.

Trade union premium

The trade union premium will be increased:

  • in 2019 by € 7.50;
  • in 2020 by € 7.50.

Contribution to the Social Fund

The contribution to the Social Fund will be reduced by 0.4 % during the 4th quarter of 2019.

Working conditions

The social partners are committed to:

  • concluding a collective labour agreement bringing the limit of 25 hours voluntary overtime, which are not taken into account for the calculation of the internal limit of 143 hours, to 60 hours.
  • drawing up a framework CLA introducing a new working regime allowing night work, Sunday work and public holiday work for non-driver staff.

Mission statements

The sectoral social partners of this JC also wish to address a number of challenges facing the sector.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Counteracting the negative image of the transport sector;
  • Reducing labour costs (by analogy with the construction sector, inland navigation, aviation, etc.);
  • The fight against social dumping;
  • Sufficient, safe and comfortable resting places for truck drivers.


This protocol agreement is valid for 2019-2020.

More information

This protocol agreement will only become final after publication on the website of the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue. We will keep you informed.


Source: Protocol agreement 2019-2020: JsC 140.03 for road transport and contract haulage