Wage handicap: the FGTB denounces a manipulation of figures - Economic Policy

Wage handicap: the FGTB denounces a manipulation of figures – Economic Policy

The leak in the press of the forecasts of the Central Council of the Economy (CCE) on the increase in the wage handicap in Belgium represents “a knife stroke in the confidence” of social consultation, deplores the FGTB on Friday. The union considers that the figures should not be published, as it is an interim analysis with data that is not yet final.

According to CCE forecasts published in L’Echo, which states that figures may still change, Belgian wages may have increased by 4.6% more than in neighboring countries between 2020 and 2024, widening the wage handicap.

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The FGTB is offended by this leak in the press. She explains that the analysis was presented to the social interlocutors in complete confidentiality, within the Central Economic Council, as the data is not final. “Sources other than official CCE reports were usedthe Netherlands have not been taken into account and no update for the period 2020-2021 has been made”, illustrates the union.

He denounces a new “stab in the back” and accuses employers’ organizations of short-circuiting social consultation. “Employers are calling on unions to be ‘constructive’ because ‘we are all in the same boat’. Except that the analysis in question shows that the profits of Belgian companies remain above the average of previous years. But this information does not ‘surprisingly didn’t leak.”

The FGTB evokes a crisis of confidence while the social interlocutors must meet the Prime Minister next week.

According to CCE forecasts published in L’Echo, which specifies that the figures may still change, Belgian wages could have increased by 4.6% more than in neighboring countries between 2020 and 2024, widening the wage handicap. Read also | Belgium’s wage handicap will widen further, compared to its European neighbors The FGTB is offended by this leak in the press. She explains that the analysis was presented to the social interlocutors in complete confidentiality, within the Central Economic Council, because the data is not final. “Sources different from those of the official CCE reports were used, the Netherlands were not taken into account and no update for the period 2020-2021 was made”, illustrates the union. denounces a new “stab in the back” and accuses employers’ organizations of short-circuiting social consultation. “Employers are calling on unions to be ‘constructive’ because ‘we are all in the same boat’. Except that the analysis in question shows that the profits of Belgian companies remain above the average of previous years. But this information does not ‘surprisingly didn’t leak.” The FGTB evokes a crisis of confidence while the social interlocutors must meet the Prime Minister next week.

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