Increase the minimum wage
Increase the minimum wage

A decision to raise the minimum wage in Belgium, after popular demands, in claims organized by the Belgian General Labor Union.

The fight for 14 euros organized by the Belgian General Labor Union (FGTB) to raise the minimum wage in Belgium to 14 euros, was discussed in the Belgian Federal Parliament today.

Two bills, submitted by the Socialist Party and the PTB Labor Party, are being considered in exchange for an hourly wage increase of no less than 14 euros per hour before the House Committee. While the opinion of the social partners, the National Labor Council and the Central Economic Council is not yet known.

"We have already collected 70,000 signatures, which reinforce the legitimacy of our request," said FGTB spokesperson Nicolas Dibret.

The FGTB indicates that six percent of workers in Belgium live on less than 1091 euros a month, which means that 250,000 people are in poverty.

The spokesman explained that the union wants to get rid of the "false facts" always associated with this social demand. "To say that this would undermine the economy is a false and unfounded allegation," the spokesman added, adding, quite the contrary, the minimum wage of 14 euros / hour would boost both domestic consumption and the economic machine.

First, the law dating back to 1996 must be revised, as well as the desire of the FGTB to conduct negotiations freely and transparently, while also urging it to fully implement all agreements with social partners. Then there must be political awareness and a federal plan to fight poverty.

In addition to wooing politicians, the union wants to send a message to employers to return to the negotiating table.

He states that while he was waiting for a decision on the proposed bills, the union had been calling for at least 3.5% increase in the minimum wage since the beginning of the year, to allow the Belgians to breathe, as he described.

The minimum wage currently stands at 9.65 euros / hour or net 1,340 euros per month, but the union says this is not enough to cover the expenses of daily life.