“It’s normal for the socialists to be present alongside the workers,” he said during the Jeudi en Prime program on RTBF-television.
The presence of Mr. Magnette and representatives of Ecolo and Groen at this demonstration, which brought together 70,000 to 80,000 people, was denounced by both French-speaking liberals – including, as of Monday, the president of the MR, Georges-Louis Bouchez – than Dutch speakers, by the voice of the deputy Christian Leysen (Open Vld), Wednesday in the Chamber.
Thousands of socialists marched in Brussels on Monday, including Paul Magnette, and “it’s completely normal”, added Mr. Dermagne.
“I do not criticize the liberals when they go to eat petit fours” in salons, continued the Deputy Prime Minister PS.
Asked about a possible revision of the 1996 law on the competitiveness of companies – which, as modified by the Michel government, corsets salary increases excluding indexation – he pleaded to “give back (to the social partners) the ability to negotiate “Wage increases or higher bonuses depending on the health of the sectors.
“Where there is room, in companies, in sectors, we must be able to negotiate,” said the man who is also Minister of Employment.
Finally, he launched a “strong appeal to employers and unions to negotiate an anticipation of wage indexation in sectors, such as logistics, where this measure will in principle not be applied until next January.