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Flemish government also ready for “major effort” for healthcare sector, “agreement by the end of this year”

The Flemish government is also prepared to make a “great effort” for better wages and working conditions in the Flemish care sector, after yesterday’s federal agreement. Concrete budgets are not yet mentioned. The government hopes for an agreement by the end of this year.

The federal government came out yesterday with a social agreement on a pay rise and better working conditions for federal health workers, such as doctors and nurses in hospitals and home nurses. They were promised an average pay increase of 6 percent.

The unions in the Flemish care sector expect a similar agreement from the Flemish government. This morning, representatives of the Flemish care sector sat together with the Flemish government. Afterwards, Minister of Welfare Wouter Beke (CD&V) announced that the Flemish government is also prepared to make a “major effort” for the Flemish healthcare staff.

Concrete budgets have not yet been mentioned, the government hopes to conclude a social agreement by the end of this year. The unions are tentatively reacting positively, they welcome the government’s commitment.

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