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Generally binding collective agreements (subject to penal law)
In case of posting of workers in Belgium, only the collective agreements that have been declared to be generally binding (i.e. those subject to penal law) must be applied.
The provisions of generally binding collective agreements (it is to say subject to penal law) are concluded under the Act on collective agreements of 5 December 1968 (with regard, inter alia, to wage/salary scales).
Such generally binding collective agreements (subject to penal law) 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 generally binding 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 generally binding collective agreements 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 ten particular sectors (branches of activities) can be consulted in the following (sectorial) pdf documents :
- JC 111 Metal, machine and electric construction for workers (PDF, 604.78 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, 589.04 KB)
- JC 121 Cleaning and disinfectionundertakings (PDF, 552.86 KB)
- JC 124 Building sector (PDF, 540.62 KB)
- JC 126 Furniture and wood processing industry (PDF, 366.81 KB)
- JSC 140.03 Road transport and logistics on behalf of third parties : mobile workers (PDF, 442.27 KB)
- JC 145 Horticultural undertakings (PDF, 445.83 KB)
- JSC 149.01 Electricians: installation and distribution (PDF, 361.26 KB)
- JC 200 Employees (PDF, 585.13 KB)
- JC 209 Metal, machine and electricconstruction for clerical workers (PDF, 451.73 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 :
- in French language : https://emploi.belgique.be/fr/themes/remuneration/salaires-minimums-par-sous-commission-paritaire
- in Dutch language : https://werk.belgie.be/nl/themas/verloning/minimumlonen-paritair-subcomite
- 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