Factsheet for case BE-2020-13/1055 – measures in Belgium
|Country||Belgium , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Income support for unemployed
|Author||Dries Van Herreweghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Eurofound|
|Case created||02 September 2020 (updated 17 September 2020)|
Both white collar and blue collar employees in the metal sector (joint commitees 209 for white collar and 111 for blue collars) receive an additional premium on top of their economic unemployment benefits that is related to the COVID-19 crisis and/or any of the measures implemented by the government (for example, closures).
The premium amounts to €12.07 per day for full-time employees within the sector and €6.04 per day for part-time employees. The premium is in addition to the general economic unemployment due to COVID-19 as well as the additional premium of €5.63 that is paid out by the Federal Unemployment Services and applicable to all employees that fall under the measure (regardless of sector).
For white collar workers the payment is done by the employer in question, which can recuperate half of the amount from the Social Funds for Employees in the metal sector. Blue collar workers receive the amount automatically through the trade union.
The exact uptake for the specific sector is unknown.
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The agreement was negotiated and signed within the relevant joint committees. So it was entirely the competence of the social partners within the sector.
The measure is signed by all parties involved, all trade unions and employers associations therefore formally agree with it.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C24 Manufacture of basic metals|
|C25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment|
|C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products|
|C27 Manufacture of electrical equipment|
|C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.|
|C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers|
|C30 Manufacture of other transport equipment|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Temporary unemployment premium for employees in the metal sector , case BE-2020-13/1055 (measures in Belgium), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.