Sector negotiations 2021-2022: what's happening in your joint committee?

Author: Leen Lafourt (Legal Expert)

JSC 140.05 (moving sector) was the first to conclude its protocol agreement, and in the meantime a list of demands was presented in JC 200 (Auxiliary JC for non-manual workers). But the other sectors are not sitting still either. Below you can find an overview of the state of affairs in the various sectors.


Every two years, the Group of Ten (= representatives of employers and workers) negotiates the wage and working conditions in the private sector. These negotiations (usually) result in an interprofessional agreement. For the period 2021-2022, the social partners unfortunately failed to conclude an interprofessional agreement. The government laid down the wage standard and the social partners translated the other themes in an extensive social agreement (as you could already read in our infoflash of 29 July 2021).

The provisions of this social agreement now form the framework for the negotiations at sector level. These sectoral negotiations have meanwhile been launched in various joint committees.

Sectors where negotiations have been launched

In several joint committees, a list of demands has already been submitted by employee representatives. This means that the social partners have also started their negotiations in these JCs. These JCs are among others:

JC 104 for the iron industry

JC 200: auxiliary JC for non-manual workers

JC 306 for insurance companies

JC 105 for non-ferrous metals

JC 202 for non-manual workers in the retail food trade

JC 310 for banks

JC 109 for the clothing and tailoring industry

JC 209 for non-manual workers of the metal manufacturing industry

JC 311 for large retail companies

JC 110 for textile care

JC 214 for non-manual workers in the textile industry

JC 312 for department stores/supermarkets

JC 111.01-02 for the metal, machine and electrical construction industry

JC 215 for non-manual workers of the clothing and tailoring industry

JC 322.01 for licensed providers of community-based work or services

JC 113.04 for tile works

JC 219.00 for technical controls and compliance assessment services and bodies

JC 332 for the French-language and German-language welfare and healthcare sector

JC 114 for the brick industry

JC 220 for non-manual workers of the food industry


JC 118 for the food industry

JC 224 for non-manual workers of the non-ferrous metals industry


JC 119 for the food retail trade

JC 226 for non-manual workers of international trade, transport and logistics


JC 120 for the textile industry

JC 227 for the audiovisual sector


JC 126 for upholstering and carpentry



JC 140.02 for taxis



JC 149.01 for electricians: installation and distribution



On the basis of the submitted lists of demands, we can already see that the employees' representatives are focusing on the 0.4% wage margin by increasing wages, granting a corona premium of €500, extending the right to time credit at the end of the career and RCC/SWT time credit and creating a framework for teleworking.

One protocol agreement has already been concluded

One joint committee has already successfully completed all its negotiations and concluded a protocol agreement on 30 August 2021. This is JSC 140.05 for the moving companies. You can read more details about the agreement reached for this JSC in our infofash of 10 September 2021.


As soon as we have more information on the state of affairs in your sector, we will inform you via an infoflash or our sector information.


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