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It’s Aleba’s turn to step up to the plate

The joint exit of the OGBL and the LCGB calling into question the agreement in principle reached on the renewal of collective agreements in the banking and insurance sector is not to the taste of the main trade union of the Place. Who denounces, Friday, “a media unpacking”.

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

The joint exit of the OGBL and the LCGB calling into question the agreement in principle reached on the renewal of collective agreements in the banking and insurance sector is not to the taste of the main trade union of the Place. Who denounces, Friday, “a media unpacking”.

Response from the shepherd to the shepherdess. In the aftermath of the frontal charge of the OGBL and the LCGB against Aleba, the main union of the Place gives its official version of an unprecedented conflict. Firmly refuting the accusations made according to which he would go it “alone”, the executive committee of Aleba recalled Friday that “only an agreement in principle was identified, after exchanges of ideas” with representatives of the ABBL and the ‘TO THAT.


Ten days after the announcement of an agreement in principle between Aleba and the employers’ representatives of banks and insurance companies, the OGBL and the LCGB denounce “a unique rider”. All of this against a backdrop of questioning of sectoral representativeness.


Understand that no agreement on the renewal of collective agreements of banks on one side and insurance on the other has been signed. The convergences found between the employers’ organizations and Aleba would aim “to secure all employees” in a “complicated situation”, marked in particular by the resumption of workforce reductions in the banking sector at the international level.

If the general tone of the statement drafted by the governing bodies of Aleba seems to show a desire not to aggravate the situation, the text nevertheless denounces the “media unpacking” orchestrated by the OGBL and the LCGB. Contrary to the comments made the day before, not a word evokes the suspicions around a possible questioning of the sectoral representativeness of Aleba, maintained after the social elections of March 2019 despite a score below the 50% required.


The Monterey Avenue union had an interview with the Minister of Labor this morning on this subject.


Because behind the battle around the future collective agreements of the Place is also playing a union struggle, in a social context marked by the consequences of the health crisis. Thursday evening, Laurent Mertz, secretary general of Aleba, saw in the common front of the two unions with national representativeness “an attempt to drag the debate into the political field and no longer social”. For their part, neither the ABBL nor the ACA have officially communicated on the agreement in principle found, contenting themselves for the moment with observing the situation …


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