European Commission reflects on predictability of flexible jobs

European Commission reflects on predictability of flexible jobs

The European Commission is working to revise its Written Statement Directive, which gives workers starting out on new jobs the right to be informed in writing on key aspects of their employment. It is also thinking of injecting “a dose of predictability” for those doing flexible jobs. The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Marianne Thyssen of Belgium, said on Monday that she aimed to have the new directive on the table by the end of this year. She said she would first consult the social partners, but…

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Car-emissions fraud: 11.000 Volkswagen owners join Test-Achats lawsuits

Car-emissions fraud: 11.000 Volkswagen owners join Test-Achats lawsuits

About 11,000 owners of Volkswagen vehicles have joined proceedings initiated by Test-Achats consumer association against the carmakers for equipping its cars with systems enabling them to beat anti-pollution tests. Hearings to determine whether the proceedings can be admitted should be held in late October. While US consumers can receive up to 10,000 dollars in compensation, nothing of the sort has been granted to European consumers. Finding this unacceptable, Test-Achats launched a class action suit on 15 June 2016 against Volkswagen and D’Ieteren, which imports vehicles from the German carmarker into…

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Federal Planning Bureau: points-based pension favours low-income wage earners

Federal Planning Bureau: points-based pension favours low-income wage earners

A study produced by a researcher at the Federal Planning Bureau, which is reported on Thursday by L’Echo and De Tijd, reports that a points-based pension favours low-income wage earners. Although a points-based pension is due to come into operation, it may benefit poorly-skilled wage earners, and particularly women with a modest pension. This is the indication of projections produced by the Federal Planning Bureau. Highly-qualified male wage earners, who are home owners receiving a high pension will lose some of their pension benefits in the reform. The system will…

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Unicef Belgium looking for companies for its emergency fund

Unicef Belgium looking for companies for its emergency fund

UNICEF-Belgium wishes to consolidate a 300,000-euro emergency fund so as to be ready whenever a critical situation arises. To replenish the fund, it hopes to rely on 30 companies and bring together the various stakeholders, UNICEF-Belgium said on Wednesday in a press release. The initiative is supported by the Federation of Enterprises of Belgium (FEB). Seventy years after its creation, the UN Children’s Fund’s reason for existing remains just as strong. Today, 535 million children live in areas affected by emergencies. Whether suffering from starvation in the Horn of Africa,…

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Test-Achats puts Ryanair on notice for cancellations

Test-Achats puts Ryanair on notice for cancellations

The Belgian consumer protection organization, Test-Achats, said on Monday that it had formally placed Ryanair on notice for failing to fulfil its obligations to passengers affected by the cancellation of some of its flights. The Irish low-cost airline announced on Friday that it was cancelling 40 to 50 flights per day up to the end of October due to a problem with the programming of its pilots’ holidays. “In this chaotic context, the Irish company is not correctly informing passengers of their rights,” Test-Achats said. “It is only offering them…

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Work begins on City 2 makeover

Work begins on City 2 makeover

Construction work will be carried out at the City 2 Commercial Centre on Rue Neuve in Brussels from the 18th of September 2017 to January 2019. AG Real Estate, which owns the building, says it aims to turn it into a place for living, meeting, discussion, relaxation and pleasure. The mall will remain fully open and accessible over the next 18 months, especially since the construction work will be done at night, during closing hours, to limit any disruption to a minimum. Inaugurated in 1978 and first renovated in 1999,…

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Retail trade can now use the Flexi-job system, and pensioners will be eligible

Retail trade can now use the Flexi-job system, and pensioners will be eligible

Retail trade will now be able to use the Flexi-job system, which already allows some part-time catering employees who work a certain amount of hours to do extra hours without paying social charges. This change was approved by the Minster’s Council on Friday, and will bring in a series of measures approved during the summer agreement on the 2018 budget. Pensioners will now be eligible for the system as well. “Independent traders (butchers, bakers…) will be able to take on employees for busy periods more easily thanks to this system”,…

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Union welcomes CJUE decision allowing Ryanair staff to take legal action locally

Union welcomes CJUE decision allowing Ryanair staff to take legal action locally

The Employees National Group, CNE has welcomed a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which, it says, allows Ryanair workers at Charleroi Airport to take legal action against the airline in local courts. “Since 2011, the CNE petitioned for hostesses and stewards working for Ryanair at Charleroi Airport to be able to be defended in Belgian courts with regard to the labour law,” the CNE said. “On the 14th of September, the European Court of Justice issued its ruling, which entirely supports the CNE’s position.”…

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Vilvorde mayor wants law requiring cafe owners to know Dutch

Vilvorde mayor wants law requiring cafe owners to know Dutch

Vilvorde Mayor Hans Bonte wants the granting of licenses for cafés and gaming establishments to be conditioned on knowledge of Dutch by their would-be operators. Bonte was quoted as saying this by De Standaard daily and confirmed his statements to the Belga news agency.“The Canal Plan includes stricter monitoring of sectors that generate crime. For the moment, cafés and gaming establishments cannot be sufficiently monitored because, in a number of cases, the operators do not speak Dutch,” noted the mayor, who hails from the Flemish Social Democratic, SP.A, party. “It…

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Youthful employment on the rise

Youthful employment on the rise

The absorbtion of young, first-time job seekers into the labour market in Wallonia increased in 2016 for the third consecutive year, jumping to 58.2% last year, from 56.9% in 2015 and 54.4% in 2014. This was one of the results of a study on young people’s inclusion in the job market in the first six months after they register to be employed. The study was conducted by Forem, Wallonia’s public employment agency, among 22,000 respondents aged 18 to 24 years who registered with the agency between June and October 2016….

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