Belgium -Protests against austerity continue -April 02, 2015

Dec 31, 1969 - Protests against the government's social policies and discussion on how actively laid-off workers in early retirement should seek a new job.

Trade unions and various interest groups continue with their protests against the government's social policies. 20,000 people have taken part in a march in the Brussels city centre to campaign against the right-wing choices of the federal and regional governments. The discussion is about how actively laid-off workers in early retirement should seek a new job. During renewed negotiations between the social partners and the government it became clear that the tabled modifications proposed by the government were critically received by the trade union negotiators as these proposals will water down the deal that was reached in the so-called Group of Ten. Trade union confederation ABVV/FGTB rejected the proposals as these do not respect the social pact that was agreed in the Group of Ten (see our December Newsletter).


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