More than 35 business organizations have written an open letter in response to the commotion surrounding Delhaize’s plans to privatize all its stores under its own management, emphasizing that employment with an independent entrepreneur is not inferior.
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“We want to send a clear signal that SMEs are good employers. We regret that self-employed employers have unjustly become the target of frustration in recent weeks,” says Unizo, one of the signatories of the open letter. Other business organizations such as Belgapom, Bouwunie, Horeca Vlaanderen or Modeunie also signed the letter.
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The sectors say they can understand the concern among Delhaize staff. “But we regret that the self-employed have become very unjustly upset. The tone is set as if self-employed employers are inferior employers. That hits the entrepreneurs hard,” it sounds, “because it touches the core of our existence.” The initiators note that an SME employer is usually emotionally involved with its employee. “In an SME, an employee is not just a number with an accompanying file. Employee and employer know each other. They know from each other how many children they have, what their hobbies are and where they go on holiday.”
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The sectors will start a #trotsekmoemployer campaign in the following days, and Unizo will open its entrepreneurial line to anyone who has questions about working for a self-employed person. In Belgium, 1.16 million people or more than 37 percent of all wage earners work for a company with fewer than 50 employees.