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16/02/2011

Sector-level bargaining and possibilities for deviations at company level: Belgium

EF/10/87/EN 2


The Belgian collective bargaining system is highly institutionalised and coordinated. Over 90% of employees are covered by a collective agreement, placing Belgium among the countries with the highest coverage in Europe. Also, the Belgian trade unions have a relatively high level of membership compared with the European average, with over 50% of employees belonging to a union. The same applies to the organisation rate of employers, as over 70% of employees work for an employer that is organised

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. M. Keune (University of Amsterdam -Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Labour Studies)
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