E-commerce: what is going to change for night time work – Corporations

Vivaldi presented an agreement reached overnight on labor market reform at a press conference this Tuesday. There is talk of allowing e-commerce companies to re-hire staff between 8pm and midnight. A measure that upsets unions.

E-commerce is on everyone’s lips these days. Paul Magnette, president of the PS, dropped a bomb last week saying he wanted to “stop the e-commerce in Belgium”, turning his back the next day after strong reactions sparked his remarks. Because, Vivaldi certainly does not intend to bury e-commerce but, on the contrary,encourage in our country face fierce competition from neighboring countries, including the Netherlands.

In particular, the federal government is reintroducing a temporary measure that already existed between 2017 and 2019 and makes it structural. It must allow e-commerce companies to re-employ staff between 8pm and midnight. For that, they only need the agreement of one union. But companies will still have to pay a premium, Economy Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne told a news conference. This will be a 50% overpayment. Several employers, such as Torfs and Vanden Borre, have already introduced this flexibility into their organization on their own initiative.

Pilot experience

otherwise a pilot experience of 18 months will facilitate night work in the e-commerce sector, to harmonize with neighboring countries. E-commerce employees will be able to work on their own initiative until midnight, without counting those hours as night work. In no case can an employer force an employee to work after 8 p.m. At the end of this trial period, a social agreement within the company will be needed to continue the experiment. In 2024, this will be assessed by the National Labor Council.

These relative measures “It will allow Belgian actors in the sector to catch up somewhat with neighboring countries, where night work legislation is much more flexible“, SNI estimates, but the neutral union of independents also insists on the need to” at the same time ensure good supervision of this e-commerce. We need to maintain fair competition with physical trade, which has just come out of two particularly difficult years.

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“Night work at a discount”

The trade union joint front, for its part, reacted with “astonishment” to the agreement on night work. Executive power “echoes the demands of employers by trying to side with consultations in all its aspects, without seriously addressing the whole issue of e-commerce“, Condemns in a joint press release the socialist, Christian and liberal unions.

“The goal is to ‘establish a discount on night work on the Post NL model, with precarious jobs’

The organizations believe that the government and employers show a “narrow vision” that “will not provide the necessary breath to maintain the distribution sector.” They remind that “at least more than 500,000 workers are worried” about e-commerce.

More deregulation and flexibility

The government has committed to a broad conference on the subject. He once again deceived the workers by finding deals in the quiet salons of the core and with the help of Comeos (the alliance of trade and services) “Shoot the unions. For the latter, the goal is”establish discount night work on the Post NL model, with precarious jobs. ”

PTB also criticizes this agreement and condemns further deregulation and flexibility in the labor market. “Under the auspices of the ‘pilot project’ and the ‘voluntary decision’ the government wants further deregulate the labor law by allowing night work from 20:00 to midnight without additional pay, ie the trade union agreement, as well as the introduction of the day of 10 o’clock. Unacceptable for the world of work! ”, Raoul Hedebouw, President of the Marxist Formation, reacted on Twitter.

E-commerce is on everyone’s lips these days. Paul Magnette, president of the PS, dropped a bomb last week saying he wanted to “stop the e-commerce in Belgium”, turning his back the next day after strong reactions sparked his remarks. Because Vivaldi certainly has no intention of burying e-commerce, but, on the contrary, encourages us to face fierce competition from neighboring countries, including the Netherlands. In particular, the federal government is reintroducing a temporary measure that already existed between 2017 and 2019 and makes it structural. It must allow e-commerce companies to re-employ staff between 8pm and midnight. For that, they only need the agreement of one union. But companies will still have to pay a premium, Economy Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne told a news conference. This will be a 50% overpayment. Several employers, such as Torfs and Vanden Borre, have already introduced this flexibility into their organization on their own initiative. In addition, the 18-month pilot experiment will facilitate night work in the e-commerce sector, with the aim of aligning with neighboring countries. E-commerce employees will be able to work on their own initiative until midnight, without counting those hours as night work. In no case can an employer force an employee to work after 8 p.m. At the end of this trial period, a social agreement within the company will be needed to continue the experiment. In 2024, this will be assessed by the National Labor Council. These relative measures “will enable Belgian players in the sector to catch up with neighboring countries, where the law on night work is much more flexible,” the SNI estimates. But the neutral union of independents also insists on the need to “provide a good framework for this e-commerce at the same time. We need to maintain fair competition with physical commerce, which has just emerged from two particularly difficult years.” The trade union joint front, for its part, reacted with “astonishment” to the agreement on night work. The executive branch “responds to the demands of employers by trying to get consultations out of the game in all its aspects, without seriously resolving the global issue of e-commerce,” the socialist, Christian unions and liberals said in a joint press release. The organizations believe the government and employers are showing a “narrow vision” that “will not bring the necessary breath to sustain the distribution sector.” They remind that “at least more than 500,000 workers are worried” about e-commerce. “The government has committed itself to a broad conference on the subject. Once again, it has led workers to strike agreements in quiet Kern salons and with the help of Comeos (trade and service federations),” the unions said. For the latter, the goal is “to establish discount night work on the Post NL model, with precarious jobs”. PTB also criticizes this agreement and condemns further deregulation and flexibility in the labor market. “Under the auspices of the ‘pilot project’ and ‘voluntary decision’, the government wants to further deregulate the labor law by allowing night work from 8 pm to midnight without additional pay or union agreement, as well as by introducing a working day from 10 am. Unacceptable for the world of work! ”, Raoul Hedebouw, President of the Marxist Formation, reacted on Twitter.

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