The French-speaking trade unions FGTB and CSC have filed a preliminary injunction case with the court of first instance in Brussels. In this way they are fighting against 85 naked arbitrariness that the Brussels hotel Steigenberger on Avenue Louise is carrying through and in which there would be no room for an alternative for employees.
With their case in summary proceedings, the unions want to ensure that the collective labor agreement 32bis is realized. He states that the hotel must first try to transfer its employees under the same conditions. “We don’t want more money, but a priori we want people to be able to keep their jobs. For us, it is not possible that our society will become worse after COVID than before COVID,” says Christian Bouchat of FGTB.
The management of the hotel wants to take action, but the current situation and the new reality. The date that has been set since the corona pandemic means that the hotel is 15 percent occupied on some days and 70 percent on other days. It is the fixed personnel costs that weigh heavily and that is why they want to work with more flexible tasks.
The unions’ demand to transfer staff under the same conditions does not seem to be able to be met. “The model we knew before is now being broken. Unfortunately, we have to show great flexibility during this period,” says Michel Cottray, director-general of STAG Belgium, which manages the Steigenberger hotel on Avenue Louise. amg