Christian metalworkers ‘ union approves loonakkoord well

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Christelijke metaalvakbond keurt loonakkoord wél goed

Militants of ACV-Metea

ACV Metea, the christian metal and textielvakbond, on Wednesday the design of loonakkoord approved. It goes against the General Central of the socialist trade union ABVV, that the agreement Tuesday by a large majority rejected.

ACV Metea approved the draft of the interprofessional agreement of two-thirds of the votes properly. Especially the part about the increase of the lowest pensions, the runways and the relaxation of the SWT-rules pulled off the militants about the measure to the agreement to approve, what it sounds like.

The union is concerned, and in particular on the statements of Open VLD, N-VA and pensioenminister Daniel Bacquelaine (MR). Both coalition party Open VLD, as an ex-coalition partner N-VA resist the relaxation around the early retirement, as agreed in the loonakkoord. Bacquelaine may not find in some pensioenmaatregelen from the agreement.

‘Restraints on the increase of the lowest pensions, on runways and on SWT-rules have to be substantiated and carried out by the government. This is crucial for people who are often at a very young age in heavy jobs are boarded. Our members will be any political arrogance not to pick up, warns ACV Metea.

The central also has questions at the loonwet itself. That is long past its expiration date, the trade union. ‘The loonwet is the last speck of credibility to lose. The next federal government should thoroughly adjust.’

Critical voices

The approval of the christian metal and textielcentrale is the first indication of how the christian union will vote on the loonakkoord. A lot of departments of the socialist union were already critical of the design. The General power plant, the largest committee within the trade unions, rejected the agreement.

On 26 march, should be definitively clear how the ACV, ABVV and ACLVB vote on the draft agreement, which provides for an increase in wages on top of the index with a maximum of 1.1 percent this year and next, an increase in the minimum wages by 1.1 percent, more flexible overtime and a relaxation of the SWT scheme.