Unemployed can no longer refuse work

5th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

5 May 2006, BRUSSELS — If unemployed workers get a real chance of a job, they cannot refuse that offer, the head of the Flemish jobs agency VDAB has said.

5 May 2006

BRUSSELS — If unemployed workers get a real chance of a job, they cannot refuse that offer, the head of the Flemish jobs agency VDAB has said.

Fons Leroy made his comments after unions, employers and Flemish Employment Minister Frank Vandenbroucke gave the green light on Wednesday to a new action plan to combat the unemployment rate, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Friday.

Leroy wants to launch a more active policy in helping Flemish unemployed workers prepare for filling jobs vacancies where a chronic shortage of workers exists. He prefers to call these jobs 'chance professions'.

"It is about jobs for which business have difficulty finding suitable candidates. That is a problem for the businesses, but at the same time a tremendous chance for the unemployed. Also for lower-educated unemployed workers," he said.

"There are thousands of jobs open in the construction, cleaning, hotel and catering and transport industries. That is good news for the unemployed."

The VDAB will screen all unemployed workers this year who on paper come into consideration for a job in the construction industry. The agency's local bureaus will also increasingly actively offer jobs to unemployed workers, rather than simply provide job-seeking services.

Job training will also be re-examined to determine whether the courses give enough insight into a job and whether the average that 50-60 percent of graduates find a job is adequate and whether that rate can be improved.

In return, the VDAB will not accept unemployed workers refusing to accept a job. Leroy said if the VDAB helps the jobless worker to apply or train for a job and there is a guaranteed job in waiting, the unemployed worker cannot refuse the job.

"Essentially, we are entering into a pre-labour contract, in which we agree to take them along the road to a job and they are agree to also take that job on," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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