Working conditions provided by collective agreements made compulsory by Royal Decree (sanctioned under criminal law)
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Collective agreements made compulsory by Royal Decree (i.e. sanctioned under criminal law)
In case of posting of workers in Belgium, only the collective agreements that have been made compulsory by Royal Decree (i.e. sanctioned under criminal law) must be applied.
The provisions of collective agreements made compulsory by Royal Decree are concluded under the Act on collective agreements of 5 December 1968 (with regard, inter alia, to wage/salary scales).
Such collective agreements made compulsory by Royal Decree have either a national scope either a sectorial scope.
- National collective agreements are adopted by the National Labour Council and apply to the whole private sector.
A consolidated version of such national collective agreements can be found by using the following links : in French language : http://www.cnt-nar.be/Cct-liste.htm and in Dutch language : http://www.cnt-nar.be/Cao-lijst.htm.
- Sectorial collective agreements are concluded within joint committees and apply to a branch of economic activities.
Which collective agreements made compulsary by Royal Decree are applicable in the sector which is concerned by posting depends on the principal activity of the company concerned, as carried out during the posting in Belgium.
This principal activity indicates under which joint committee the company concerned falls, which in turn determines which sectorial collective agreements are applicable.
Information and contact
- As regards the determination of the joint committee (branch of activity) under which the company concerned falls : the General Directorate for Supervision of Social Legislation (Belgian Labour Inspectorate) via the following email address: SPOC.LabourInspection@employment.belgium.be;
- As regards the sectorial collective agreements to be applied and employment and labour conditions determined by these collective agreements : an information dedicated to postings and concerning fourteen particular sectors (branches of activities) can be consulted in the following (sectorial) pdf documents :
- JC 111 Metal, machine and electric construction for workers (PDF, 674.14 KB)
- JC 116 Joint Labour Committee for of the chemical industry (PDF, 374.45 KB)
- JC 118 Food industry: Tinned Meat, sausages, salted meat, smoked meat and meat derivatives; Guts factories, processing and treatment of rough, dry skins, calibrating and sticking included ; Fat melting ; Poultry slaughterhouses ; Slaughterhouses (PDF, 570.93 KB)
- JC 121 Cleaning and disinfection undertakings (PDF, 376.93 KB)
- JC 124 Building sector (PDF, 709.42 KB)
- JC 126 Furniture and wood processing industry (PDF, 328.88 KB)
- JSC 140.03 Road transport and logistics on behalf of third parties : mobile workers (PDF, 372.21 KB)
- JC 144 Agriculture (except the non-manual employees and the cultivation of flax, cultivation of hemp and primary processing of flax and/or hemp)
- JC 145 Horticultural enterprises (except the non-manual employees)
- JSC 149.01 Electricians: installation and distribution (PDF, 521.85 KB)
- JC 200 Employees (PDF, 481.47 KB)
- JC 207 White-collar workers employed in the chemical industry (PDF, 342.31 KB)
- JC 209 Metal, machine and electric construction for clerical workers (PDF, 415.55 KB)
- JC 220 Employees of the food industry (PDF, 474.22 KB)
- JC 302 Hotel Industry (PDF, 683.78 KB)
- Where the activity performed during the posting concerns a sector (branch of activities) which is not described in the aforementioned pdf documents, an information regarding the sectorial collective agreements to be applied and the employment and labour conditions provided by these collective agreements can be found by consulting the following webpages :
- Additional information regarding the information provided via the the website of the Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue may be asked to : the General Directorate for Supervision of Social Legislation (Belgian Labour Inspectorate) via the following email adress : SPOC.LabourInspection@employment.belgium.be