Female white collar staff earn 15% less than male colleagues

Female white collar staff earn 15% less than male colleagues

According to a study by the HR management and support services company Partena Professional, women working in white collar jobs in Belgium earn an average of 15% less than their male colleagues. Partena Professional surveyed 100,000 white collar staff for its study, the results of which were released on Friday. The 15% pay gap is between female and male employees with the same skills, working in the same branches of industry. The pay gap widens as their career progresses. The 15% average pay cap equates to women earning 500 euro/month…

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Ultraviolet telescope developed by US, Belgian universities to be launched Thursday on Nasa satellite

Ultraviolet telescope developed by US, Belgian universities to be launched Thursday on Nasa satellite

Nasa’s ICON satellite is due to be launched on Thursday to study the interaction between the solar wind, the Earth’s magnetic field and the atmosphere. The Liège Space Centre (CSL), part of the University of Liège (ULiège), participated in the design, development and calibration of the FUV ultraviolet telescope that was loaded onto the satellite, ULiège noted on Wednesday. The satellite was developed by the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of Berkeley in California, USA. It is to be launched from an orbital plane above the Pacific Ocean, ULiège…

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Jeroen Meus on failed restaurants: “I made a huge mistake”

Jeroen Meus on failed restaurants: “I made a huge mistake”

TV chef, cookbook publishing legend and restaurateur Jeroen Meus has admitted blame for the failure of his Würst chain of upscale hot dog restaurants in Leuven, Antwerp and Ghent. “I have a failing, and I’m not proud of it,” he told De Tijd in a weekend interview. “I let this out of my own hands, and that was my mistake.” Meus opened the Würst restaurant in Leuven in 2015, after running the fine-dining restaurant Luzine in the city to great success. But having become a household name with a variety…

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Post office unions issue strike notice

Post office unions issue strike notice

The Belgian trade unions have issued a notice about the strike. On Thursday evening, negotiations between the unions and the post office broke down. On Sunday evening, the socialist Union ACOD issued a statement to the press on behalf of all unions that represent the staff of the post office, which announced the failure of official negotiations with the leadership of the B-post. The unions are unhappy about a plan drafted by bpost bosses for the future of the post office. Furthermore, “The perilous working conditions currently endured by bpost…

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Restaurant turns away families with children – justified or not?

Restaurant turns away families with children – justified or not?

The food service industry and the dining public were split into two factions this week, after news that a restaurant in the seaside resort of Nieuwpoort had turned away a mother and child. The incident took place at the Brasserie Sir Charles on the sea-front, which operates an adult-only policy, indicated by a sign at the entrance to the restaurant (see photo). Owner Noel Brossé explained: “Every summer I suffer thousands of euros worth of damage caused by children,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “Children who drop glasses and plates, or…

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Umicore to recycle BMW electric car batteries

Umicore to recycle BMW electric car batteries

German carmaker BMW has created a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and the Swedish company, Northvolt. According to some environmental organisations, the electric car, which does not emit CO2, is less environmentally friendly than it seems. This is because the production process for the battery pollutes and the battery produces waste that is difficult to recycle. The German car maker BMW now wants to address this weakness by entering into a technological partnership with the battery producer Northvolt (co-founded by a former top director…

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New Brussels Beer Project beer raises hackles in New Zealand

New Brussels Beer Project beer raises hackles in New Zealand

A beer developed by the Brussels Beer project in 2015 has caused a controversy in New Zealand. The reason is the name of the beer – Māori Tears – which has caused anger among representatives of indigenous people, who described the name as “culturally and spiritually offensive,” the New Zealand Herald reports. The brewery said the “Māori Tears” beer aims to “encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature”. However a Māori advocate, Karaitiana Taiuru, told the newspaper, “The idea of drinking someone else’s tears is spiritually offensive to a…

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Demonstrations of trade unions about pensions cause large disruptions in public transport

Demonstrations of trade unions about pensions cause large disruptions in public transport

Socialist, liberal and Christian trade unions are protesting today against the Federal government’s pension reform plans. Protest marches take place in Brussels and five other cities in Flanders. As many bus, tram and metro drivers take part in the demonstrations, the day of action causes major disruptions in the services provided by the Brussels public transport company MIVB and the Flemish public transport company De Lijn. However, the national rail company NMBS reports no disruption to rail services. The unions are taking action in protest at the failure to find…

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The Ministry of Defence is taking Google to court over the satellite pictures

The Ministry of Defence is taking Google to court over the satellite pictures

The Belgian Ministry of defense must file a lawsuit against the Internet giant Google over its practice of refusing to blur some of the Ministry’s locations on its satellite photos on Google maps and Google Earth. In theory, Google will respond to private requests asking for private addresses, car number plates and even individuals to be blurred on the Street View application of its Google Maps software. The decision is in keeping with Belgian privacy laws. The same measures are also available to military sites such as the Nato headquarters…

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US Federal Reserve raises short-term interest rates again

US Federal Reserve raises short-term interest rates again

The US Federal reserve raised short – term interest rates again on Wednesday, the eighth such move since 2015, as the Central Bank moves to unwind years of historically low rates. After a two-day meeting the Fed announced a quarter percentage point rise in its benchmark rate to a range of 2% to 2.25%. The rate is used to set credit card, mortgage and loan rates and will trigger rises across the board for consumers. The increase is the third rate rise this year and comes as US unemployment has…

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