Staff of ministerial offices of parties defeated in elections find themselves unemployed

Staff of ministerial offices of parties defeated in elections find themselves unemployed
Staff of ministerial offices of parties defeated in elections find themselves unemployed

These Walloon “cabinettards” – but the fate of those from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the federal government is the same – cannot all be recovered by their party as well as by the political groups of the various assemblies where the PS and the ecologists will now work in opposition. There are hundreds of them and many must now start looking for work elsewhere. And they cannot count too much on high-profile positions becoming available in the administration or in parastatals. In general, it is the parties in power that reserve these jobs for themselves.

“Cabinettard”, a precarious job!

Risky Business…

They will certainly be told that working in a ministerial office exposes them to the risk of seeing everything stop overnight. Let us also remember that office staff do not have an employment contract. They are appointed by ministerial decree signed by their minister and they can be dismissed in the same way. The heads of office are appointed via the first decree of the new government.

There is also an organization, Sepac (Secretariat for Assistance with Management and Internal Control of Firms) responsible for all administrative and financial issues related to these somewhat unusual jobs. It is Sepac that draws up the C4s of employees dismissed during the course of their term or at the end of the legislature.

More ministers, parliamentarians, cabinet members and spending… In Wallonia, the political machinery is much heavier than in Flanders

All those who do not have a fallback position will have to register as unemployed.

The only seniority taken into account to calculate the notice period of ministerial cabinet collaborators is that of the legislature that is ending – the current one, if the collaboration ends midway through. Those who have worked for five years in a cabinet in Wallonia can therefore hope for a notice period of five months, or one month for each year spent in the cabinet. But those who have worked fifteen years in a cabinet, for example, will therefore be in the same situation. All those who do not have a fallback position will also have to register as unemployed.

On the other hand, employees of outgoing private firms who will be taken on by the next firms will not be entitled to notice since they will be rehired almost directly.

Will the administration put obstacles in the way of the MR and Engagés ministerial offices?

Without ministerial cabinets, the party loses financial resources

The fact of no longer having ministers and therefore ministerial cabinets has other consequences for the political parties that find themselves in opposition after the election. In the PS, cabinet collaborators must pay part of their emoluments to the party – what is called a retrocession. The minister must also pay his share, which corresponds to a percentage of his salary. Ministers, heads of cabinets and deputy heads of cabinets in general have a higher percentage than that of other collaborators.

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