With the Socialist Party in this government there will be no jump in the index. This says Economy Minister Pierre-Yves Dermann (PS). Vooruit Chairman Conner Rousseau also emphasized the importance of automatic indexing.
Employers’ organizations VBO and Voka sounded the alarm yesterday: high inflation will sharply increase wage costs for companies due to automatic standardization. So we are moving “at full speed towards a historically weak competitive position,” the statement said.
Foca suggested a jump in cursor or deferred indexing. In doing so, automatic wage adjustment is cut off with increased life span. In 2015, Michel’s government actually implemented a 2 percent index jump on all wages and benefits, aiming to reduce the wage cost barrier with neighboring countries. Then a (union) protest storm broke out.
The Socialists in the government are now opposed to a repeat of the procedure. “The index is the best protection for people’s purchasing power. If life becomes more expensive, wages must go up,” Foreut’s president Rousseau said on Twitter. “Going forward in government means choosing protection, for purchasing power, for index.”
Minister PS Dermagne ruled out a jump in the index with his party in government. “How often do we have to remember that automatic indexing of wages and benefits is necessary to maintain our purchasing power? With PS in government, the index is not affected.”
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