Social elections cheat sheet 2024

Information on the organisation of the Social Elections (Belgium)

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  • Social elections cheat sheet 2024

Below you will find the most important points to know about the organisation of social elections in the form of tables.

When ?

From 13 to 26 may 2024

Documents and Templates

Table of documents sorted by type and language

Where ?


Which lists for which colleges, by ballot

Lists per CollegesBallot : Comité (CPPT)Ballot : Conseil (CE)Condition on the college
CPPT si au moins 50 travailleursCE si au moins 100 travailleurs
Collège Ouvriers
  • FGTB
  • CSC
  • FGTB
  • CSC
Collège Employés
  • FGTB
  • CSC
  • FGTB
  • CSC
Collège Jeunes travailleurs
  • FGTB
  • CSC
  • FGTB
  • CSC
si au moins 25 travailleurs de moins de 25 ans sont employés
Collège Cadres-
  • FGTB
  • CSC
  • CNC
si au moins 15 cadres sont employés

Number of seats according to the number of employees

The following table applies to the CPPT and the EC.

Number of seats on the day of the voteNumber of seats
< 1014
101 - 5006
501 - 10008
1001 - 200010
2001 - 300012
3001 - 400014
4001 - 500016
5001 - 600018
6001 - 800020
> 800022

Roles in the e-voting application

The names of the roles are presented in the masculine gender in an arbitrary way, without presuming the gender of the polling station members.

RoleMaximum number
Substitute Chairperson1
Substitute Secretary1


Key dates definition

0Start of the pre-election phase
X0 + 60Publication of election dates. 60 days of pre-election phase until day X
YX + 90
Date of social election ballots (voter vote). 90 days of election phase until day Y

Steps and formalities

X-60Communication to its employees, consultation bodies or trade union delegation of a certain amount of information.
X-35Communication to the works council, the CPPT or the trade union delegation of the number of technical operating units, the functions of management and executive staff and a list of the persons who exercise these functions.
X-30Candidates and elected delegates may no longer be dismissed except for serious, economic or technical reasons.
X-28The period for lodging an appeal with the labour court has ended.
XThe period for lodging an appeal with the labour court ends.
X+7End of period for lodging an appeal with the works council or committee concerning the electoral lists, the number of mandates per body and per category, or the lists of management and executive staff.
X+35Submission of lists of candidates by organisations representing employees.
X+40Communication of lists of candidates by posting a notice and appointment of chairmen and deputy chairmen.
X+47End of the period for complaints against the lists of candidates.
X+54End of the period for amending the list of candidates and appointment of the president, deputy presidents and secretaries of each polling station.
X+56Display of the modified lists of candidates. If necessary, agreement for the election procedure by mail.
X+60Communication of the composition of the polling stations and the distribution of voters per station.
X+70Appointment of witnesses by workers' representative organisations.
Y-14Deadline for replacing a candidate on the list of candidates.
Y-13Communication of the final lists of candidates.
Y-12Deadline for submission of election invitations.
Y-11Interruption of the procedure for certain categories if no list of candidates has been submitted.
YElections and counting of votes.
Y+1Delivery of election documents by chairpersons to the employer.
Y+2Communication of the results including the composition of the works council or the CPPT.
Y+15Deadline for contesting election results.
Y+25Destruction of ballots if no appeal.
Y+69Deadline for Labour Court to decide on appeals against election results.
Y+84Deadline for appealing against an appeal by the labour court.
Y+86Destruction of election results. After this date the results can be destroyed. After this date, the results can be destroyed.
Y+144End of the electoral procedure and, in the absence of an appeal, destruction of the ballot papers.
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