The removal sector tackles dishonest practices

The 'Protocol of cooperation in the fight against social fraud and illegal work in the removals sector' was on the 28th September by the Secretary of State Philippe De Backer, the Belgian Chamber of Movers (CBD) and social partners.

Author: Gabriela Dimitrova/Monday, October 3, 2016/Categories: Article

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The 'Protocol of cooperation in the fight against social fraud and illegal work in the removals sector' was signed on the 28th September by the Secretary of State Philippe De Backer, the Belgian Chamber of Movers (CBD) and social partners.

This is an important step for the Belgian movers, grouped within the CBD, following the many years of preparatory work. The CBD is delighted to have been able to count on the support of the two secretaries of state involved in the fight against fraud, namely Bart Tommelein during his tenure, and his successor Philippe De Backer.

Unscrupulous companies

"For years, the CBD lamented the fact that our market has been flooded with various unscrupulous companies of Belgian origin or others, and that they did not bow to the legal requirements imposed by the existing social and economic legislation. These companies do online promotion of their services through 'Moving price comparison'. CBD by its audits noted that these companies, in many cases, do not have the necessary transport permits, certificates of roadworthiness for moving elevators or even insurance. They operate regardless of compliance with the dismantling of criteria, editing, moving and furniture unpacking, even with experienced staff. "To guard against these dubious practices and distinguish themselves with clients from those that they call the 'cowboys movers', movers listed on the CBD receive the label  of 'accredited movers' by having demonstrated they meet the rules laid down in the quality charter of the CBD.

Filing complaint

In addition, the CBD should always file a complaint against the structures that do not comply with legal requirements: "It is not uncommon for this type of companies listed in the VAT register as a massage parlor, showman, gardener and even 'Transport of non-household goods'.” Thus the CBD brought forward 39 files under the denunciation of unfair competition in the last twelve months.

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