Salaries could increase more than 5pc

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29 January 2007, BRUSSELS - Chairman Luc Cortebeeck of Christian trade union confederation ACV and director general of employers' organisation VBO Pieter Timmermans agree that the 5 percent national standard wage increase is a ceiling with room for movement.

29 January 2007

BRUSSELS - Chairman Luc Cortebeeck of Christian trade union confederation ACV and director general of employers' organisation VBO Pieter Timmermans agree that the 5 percent national standard wage increase is a ceiling with room for movement.

The standard is indicative and is the agreed maximum percentage by which wage costs may rise in the Belgian private sector during the period of 2007-2008.

Trade union leader Luc Cortebeeck stressed that there is freedom in the salary negotiations in the sectors and there is also the chance that wages agreed collectively could result in “wage rises higher than 5 percent” in sectors that are faring particularly well.

The senior negotiators from ACV and VBO are also satisfied with the changes made to the Generation pact by the social accord for 2007-2008, including the exemption to the increased early retirement age for 'physically taxing' professions. Both said the changes ‘did not undermine whatsoever’ the Generation pact but rather made it ‘more humane.’

[Copyright Expatica 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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