Mar. 21, 2017 (March 2017) Unions organising workers in the non-profit social services came together in a major demonstration in Brussels on 21 March. The unions want to see urgent action to tackle major problems facing the sector - poor pay, understaffing and excessive workloads leading to burnout for many workers trying to maintain services in impossible conditions. The unions want to negotiate a new agreement for the sector which addresses pay and working conditions but they also underline the link between quality employment and delivery of quality services. EPSU sent a message of solidarity.
Jan. 16, 2017 (January 2017) Trade unions and employers in the private sector have negotiated a two-year cross-sector agreement which is now up for approval by member organisations. The deal includes scope for a pay increase of 1.1% that would be negotiated at sector level but this would come on top of the 2.9% increase arising from the indexation of pay that continues to be applied at national level. The unions believe they have made some progress with the employers on a range of social issues, including early retirement, in stark contrast to the what they see as the negative approach of the government.
Dec. 15, 2016
EPSU intervened in the conference “Investing in services for people’s well-being – from good practices to better policies” organised by the Social Platform on 7 December 2016 in Brussels to make the case for public investment in high quality social services for all and decent working conditions in the sector.
Dec. 14, 2016
At the Plenary Meeting 2016 held on 2 December, EPSU and HOSPEEM celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Health Care Sector (SSDC HS).
Nov. 24, 2016
Thousands of workers in the Belgian social / non-profit descend on Brussels 24 November. They demand of the government to continue the agreements that ensured that stress was addressed, older workers could reach the pension age healthy and which offered younger workers a perspective to work in the sector.
Nov. 24, 2016 (November 2016) A common front of trade unions in the non-profit sector organised a national demonstration on 24 November in opposition to continuing austerity and in support of new collective agreements. The sector, with over 525000 workers, covers a broad range of health, social and cultural services. The trade unions are calling for more jobs, a real pay increase and other measures to ensure qualiity employment and quality services, particularly to improve work-life balance, particularly for workers coming up to retirement.
Sep. 22, 2016 (September 2016) 29 September will see a national demonstration supported by the three main trade unoin confederations as part of their continuing campaign against the austerity measures imposed by the government. The confederations have jointly decided to cancel the planned general strike on 7 October until they have time to react to the delayed government budget in response to which further action may be called. Demonstrations at local and sectoral level are still likely to take place on that date.
May. 05, 2016 (May 2016) The three confederations are mobilising for a series of actions over the next few months culminating in a general strike on 7 October, the second anniversary of the centre-right government. The unions are angry about continuing cuts to public services but also to the threat to the 38-hour week. They are calling for more investment in public services and a range of other measures to boost the economy. The first major event will be a joint national demonstration on 24 May in Brussels. Read more at FGTB (FR), ABVV (NL), CSC (FR), ACV (NL), CGSLB (FR), ACLVB (NL)
Dec. 18, 2015 The three main unions in the prisons sector (ACOD/CGSP, ACV/CSC and VSOA/SLFP) took 24-hour strike action on 18-19 December in protest at the Ministry of Justice's failure to provide solutions on a number of issues. The main problems relate to understaffing and recruitment, clothing allowances and pre-retirement leave. A meeting between the unions and the Ministry earlier in the week had not produced any new commitments and so the unions went ahead with the action.Read more at > CGSP (FR)And at > ACV (NL)And at > CSC (FR)And at > ACOD (NL)
Jun. 25, 2015 The LCB-NVK and BBTK-Setca trade unions brought together several thousands members from the non-profit sector to protest in Brussels on 19 June. The demonstrators passed the offices of the Flemish and Walloon governments as well as the office of federal health minister Maggie Block. The unions see this protest as laying down a marking for more action in the autumn if the government fails to deliver on increased funding for health and social care. In the autumn, the unions also hope to start negotiations on new multi-year agreements for the healthcare sector. These will cover pay and conditions, quality jobs and higher staffing levels.Read more at > De Wereld news website (NL)And at > LBC-NVK (NL)
Jun. 12, 2015 Trade unions in the non-profit sector, including in particular health and social services, have organised a demonstration in Brussels for 19 June. The key demands include no more austerity for the sector, support for quality employment, an end to commercialisation of services and investment in the sector as a contribution to economic recovery.Read more at > CNE (FR)And at > BBTK/SETCA (NL)And at > lbc-nvk (NL)
Apr. 15, 2015 The CGSP/ACOD public service federation (part of the FGTB confederation) has called a national strike in the public services in protest at government policy. The unions is strongly opposed to the increase in pension age and other changes that reduce pension benefits. It is also protesting over the public sector pay freeze and policy of not replacing only one in five civil servants who leave. The union also wants to see an increase in public investment. The CSC has not taken a decision to strike on the same day but has sent a circular to its members to say they can join the stoppage if they want to.Read more at > CGSP (FR)And at > ACOD (NL)
Mar. 13, 2015 The CGSP/ACOD public services federation has called for a national strike on 22 April. The union will be protesting against government changes to pensions, the statutes covering public sector workers and the failure to recruit new workers. In the meantime the common front of the three confederations is organising a number of mobilisations around the country in protest at government policies on public finances and public services. Read more at > Le Soir newspaper (FR)And at > RTBF media website (FR)