Up to 50% partial unemployment possible in hospitality sector


(From l. to r.) David Angel, OGBL central secretary; Alain Rix, Horesca president; and Robert Fornieri, LCGB deputy general secretary, signing an agreement extending job retention. (Photo: OGBL/Horesca/LCGB) 

Following the 22 June conjuncture committee, social partners gave a favourable opinion on the job retention plan for the hospitality sector until December 2021. The only thing missing is the agreement of government council. 

The Horesca federation, as well as the OGBL and the LCGB, signed a sectoral job retention plan for companies in the sector following the 22 June conjuncture committee. The plan will allow companies in difficulty to resort to partial unemployment for employees and governs certain provisions, such as training or the loan of labour. 

The rate used for partial unemployment is 50% of total hours, but for companies that can justify a greater need, this threshold of 50% may be increased. Companies wishing to take advantage of this job retention plan, however, undertake not to make redundancies for economic reasons.

"The member companies of the Horesca federation can therefore face the coming months more calmly and claim partial unemployment from July until December 2021. Thanks to the employment guarantee provided for in the plan, employees in the sector can also approach the coming months more calmly,” the partners indicated in a press release. They welcome "an agreement that benefits both companies and employees and want to underline the spirit of constructive and respectful social dialogue which marked the negotiations."

This article was originally published on Paperjam and has been translated and edited for Delano.