De Lijn pays daycare for sick children

15th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

Flemish transport company De Lijn is going to organise and pay for day care for employees’ sick children.

15 November 2007

BRUSSELS – Flemish transport company De Lijn is going to organise and pay for day care for employees’ sick children in future. The company hopes this will encourage more women to work for De Lijn.

Starting next year every employee at De Lijn will be entitled to 10 full or 20 half days of babysitting for sick children. De Lijn will be partnering with Vedior Home Care, a service specialised in home babysitting.

Director general Lieten says the traditional day care for sick children from the National Health Service does not meet the needs of employees who work long hours or unusual shifts. “Our people often have irregular hours, and that can be problematic if a child is sick,” Lieten says.

The care will be fully paid for be De Lijn and will go into effect from 1 January 2008. The special arrangement is needed to make bus driver’s jobs at De Lijn more appealing to women.

At the end of September 2007 17.3 percent of the transport company’s staff was female, up from 16.7 percent the year previous. The company wants to increase that percentage to 25 percent by 2010.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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