It was agreed in the National Labor Council to define one-day contracts in the temporary sector. This is what the unions say. According to them, the most important part of the agreement is the provision of an additional social security contribution that companies have to pay when the daily contracts are overused.
Between 2015 and 2020, half of all temporary contracts were daily contracts. The unions complain that these are by no means only used to deal with unexpected peak moments.
“By working on consecutive daily contracts, companies shift the cost of ultra-flexible labor to Social Security. People who work on daily contracts are often unemployed and cannot undo the guaranteed wages their employer pays in the event of illness.” “Day contracts also create a lot of uncertainty for the temporary workers involved, both financially and in planning their own lives.”
Under the agreement, companies now have to pay a special social security contribution to each temporary worker daily from the moment they are awarded 40 consecutive daily contracts for each semester. The contribution increases with the number of days: for contracts from 40 to 59 consecutive days, it is 10 euros, and for more than 100, the amount increases to 40 euros per temporary worker per day.
“Unions are pleased that an important step has finally been taken in reducing employee flexibility that is so far-reaching,” ACV, ABVV and ACLVB said. The agreement, which will come into force on January 1, 2023, also applies to job seekers, “because they, too, deserve more security.”
Employers’ organizations VBO, Federgon, Unizo, UCM and Unisoc are reacting that day-to-day contracts are “an important tool for companies to remain competitive and respond quickly and efficiently to the unpredictability of economic reality.”
However, organizations also want to address abuses and are therefore satisfied with the agreement that has been reached. “On the one hand, the necessity of using consecutive daily contracts has again been recognized, but on the other hand, the message that improper use must be combated according to the ‘user pays’ principle is also reinforced. This is a logical last step in our approach,” he said. It seems.
In addition to discouraging daily contracts through additional input, the current principle remains that daily contracts can only be used when necessary, without allowing this to become a business model, it still appears to be.
It was also agreed to conduct an evaluation of the two-day contracts in the short term. It was also agreed that these would also be subject to the additional Social Security contribution if their use was proven to be significantly increased.
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