Social security costs, which add to expenditure on labour by the employer and reduce employees' take-home pay, include (in addition to income tax) items such as health insurance, pension contributions and other obligatory social taxes. All of these are determined within individual EU countries, mostly by their own governments.
These items fall outside the scope of EU laws and regulations, including those based on the social chapter. Whether a country opts out of the social chapter or not is, therefore, irrelevant in this context. Luxembourg, the country to which Sabena wishes to move its pilots, fully accepts the social chapter.
Social security costs are, therefore, quite separate from costs arising from the social chapter, such as works councils, pregnancy leave etc.
Dr Felix Kafka
Oakington, CambridgeReuse content