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

Author: Leen Lafourt (Legal Expert)
Read time: 4min
Publication date: 21/10/2021 - 07:16
Latest update: 21/10/2021 - 07:18

Negotiations in the various sectors are in full swing and some sectoral social partners have even concluded a (protocol) agreement in the meantime. Curious about the state of affairs in your sector? In this Infoflash we provide you with a handy overview.


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 sector negotiations have meanwhile been launched in various joint committees and have already resulted in the conclusion of a sector agreement for some sectors.

Below you can find an overview of the state of affairs in the various sectors.

Sectors where negotiations have been launched

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

JC 100: auxiliary joint committee for manual workers

JC 200: auxiliary joint committee for non-manual workers

JC 302 for the hotel industry

JC 105 for non-ferrous metals

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

JC 306 for insurance companies

JC 109 for the clothing and tailoring industry

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

JC 307 for brokerage and insurance agencies

JC 112 for the operation of a garage

JC 211 for the oil industry and trade

JC 309 for listed companies

JC 113 for the ceramics industry (except for JC 113.04)

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

JC 310 for banks

JC 114 for the brick industry

JC 219 for technical controls and compliance assessment services and bodies

JC 311 for large retail companies

JC 115.02 for the glass industry: window glass companies

JC 220 for non-manual workers of the food industry

JC 312 for department stores/supermarkets

JC 115.03 for the glass industry: mirror manufacturing and synthetic frameworks

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

JC 317 for security and/or surveillance services

JC 115.09: Glass industry: auxiliary glass sector

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

JC 321 for wholesale distributors of medicines

JC 117: Oil industry and trade

JC 227 for the audiovisual sector

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

JC 119 for the food retail trade


JC 326 for the gas and electricity industry

JC 124 for the construction industry


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

JC 126 for upholstering and carpentry


JC 336 for the liberal professions

JC 140.02 for taxis



JC 142.01 for metal recovery



JC 149.01 for electricians: installation and distribution



JC 149.03 for precious metals



JC 149.04 for metal trading




Sectors that already have a (protocol) agreement

The following sectors have already concluded a (protocol) agreement. As soon as we have received the final text, a detailed analysis will be included in our sectoral information.

JC 104 for the iron industry

JC 210 for the iron industry


JC 110 for textile care

JC 214 for non-manual workers in the textile industry


JC 111.00 for the metal, machine and electrical construction industry



JC 113.04 for tile works



JC 118 for the food industry



JC 120 for the textile industry



JC 127 for the trade in fuels



JC 140.03: road transport and contract haulage



JC 140.05 for removals




General trends

Based on the submitted list of demands, we see that the employee representatives are mainly focusing on the 0.4% wage margin by increasing wages, granting a corona premium of €500, extending the right to end-of-career time credit and RCC/SWT [system of unemployment with company supplement] and creating a framework for teleworking.

These demands are usually also confirmed in the (protocol) agreements that we have already been able to consult.

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


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