Mr Leemans also castigated the skipping of an index-related pay rise, the increase in the retirement age and lower minimum wages for the young.
He warned against the monies raised by a tax shift being immediately channelled towards a tax break for business. He insisted that protecting the spending power of working people was a better option.
The president of beweging.net, Patrick Develtere, said it was unacceptable that 15% of Belgians were living in poverty. Mr Develtere insisted that without social protection this figure could rise to 40 percent. He also called for a Minister for Associations and for the conflict model to be replaced by a model of consultation.
Marc Justaert, the head of the Christian health fund, defended good and affordable health care and a tax cut for the chronically ill. Ten percent of Belgians are currently postponing medical and dental care because of the cost.
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