Some useful tools

Find your way around with some useful tools and manuals:

Buy Buy Art. De vermarkting van kunst en cultuur (EPO, 2015)
Do you want to know more about the ideological impasse our culture is going through? About the crisis in the arts and the neo-liberal bias of our cultural policy? The PDF of the book can be found here (in Dutch).

Sexist behaviour? Harassment?
The artist collective Engagement made an information brochure with advice (Nederlands, Français, English).

Manual for artists
(Brochure in the pipeline)

Manual for other cultural workers
(Brochure in the pipeline)

Manual for school-leavers, student workers and jobseekers
Mag ik? is a website (in Dutch) that provides the young with useful information about their rights and duties. You can download here the useful publications such as opzak.be (in Dutch).

Identify irregularities yourself
Poor pay, undeclared work, social dumping, bogus self-employment? You can report it directly to the government through the Point of Contact for fair competition.

Point of contact for discrimination

Victim of discrimination? The ABVV is here to help you! Fill in the form (in Dutch) and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Calculate your net salary

Do you want to know what your net salary will be with regard to a vacant position? Calculate it here (in Dutch).

Calculate your notice

This tool (in Dutch) calculates, in the most common situations, the period covered by a notice of dismissal given by the employer.

Calculate the pay gap in your organization

This tool (in Dutch), combined with the data from the annual accounts, will tell you more about the employment and remuneration of men and women in your company. Do you want to do the pay-gap test (in Dutch)?

Calculate your income guarantee benefit

If you resume work part-time as a jobseeker, you can, under certain conditions, receive a benefit from the National Employment Office in addition to your salary. Calculate how much here (in Dutch).

Overview: the most relevant Collective Labour Agreements (CLAs) of the cultural sector

The cultural world comprises a diversity of cultural workers who are active in theatre, the visual arts, film, music, dance, and so on. The social dialogue between trade unions and employers’ federations is structured by profession according to a number of joint committees (JCs) with their own competences. JC 329 includes sociocultural work as well as visual art. JC 227 is competent for audiovisual media. JC 304 is responsible for performing arts and music. JC 303.01 includes documentary and film.

JC 329 ‘Sociocultural sector’

The CLA of 25 October 1999 concerning working hours and employment at night and on Sundays and public holidays can be found here (in French and Dutch).

You will find the CLA of 30 January 2003 concerning the setting of the wage conditions in the workplace here (in French and Dutch).

You will find the CLA of 24 March 2000 on the introduction of new work regulations here (in French and Dutch).

Click here for the CLA of 27 June 2013 on wage conditions in the sector of culture dissemination (in French and Dutch).

You can find the other CLAs here (in Dutch) and here (in French).

JC 304 ‘Entertainment Industry’

The CLA of 19 December 2016 on wage and working conditions for all employers (private and public) in the Dutch-speaking area can be found here (in French and Dutch).

You can find the other CLAs here (in Dutch) and here (in French).

JC 303.01 ‘Film production’

The CLA of 30 October 2012 on the working conditions and wages of workers who are employed in film-production companies can be found here (in French and Dutch).

You can find the other CLAs here (in Dutch) and here (in French).

JC 227 ‘Audiovisual sector’

The CLA of 15 October 2010 concerning the introduction of new work regulations in the companies of the audiovisual sector and the granting of rest periods can be found here (in French and Dutch).

Click here for the CLA of 15 May 2009 on the introduction of pay scales (minimum pay) (in French and Dutch).

The CLA of 20 December 2007 on the introduction and application of the job classification can be found here (in French and Dutch).

You can find the other CLAs here (in Dutch) and here (in French).