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Are you thinking about contracting abroad? If you're looking for your next opportunity a bit further afield, Belgium could be a good location to consider.
All work is in Belgium governed by the Federal Parliament and then Local Labour Courts. Collective Bargaining is the key mechanism by which labor standards are established and maintained.
A multi-industry agreement that creates a formal framework for all collective agreements is concluded every two years. Additionally, several industry agreements exist and many are extended by royal decree to become generally binding to all employees in a particular sector or geographical area.
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Most industries are concentrated around the region of Flanders and the capital city, Brussels. Some of the biggest industries in Belgium are:
All economic activities are divided into branches or sectors and about 150 different sectors are officially recognised. Their legal framework is provided by joint committees in which both employers and employees have representation. These committees draw up Collective Labour Agreements, binding for all those in their sector.
These agreements are important as they can override individual agreements between employer and employee. These agreements define minimum salaries, working hours and many other things.
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