Liberal supremo Didier Reynders said that implementing a deal without full agreement had been done before. Economy Minister Kris Peeters noted: "We need strikes like toothache."
Earlier in the day the socialist union rejected the deal because the decoupling of the automatic linkage between wages, benefits and prices remains intact.
Socialist union leader Rudy De Leeuw: "If the government sticks to its plans to decouple the index we will prepare a fresh action plan. Our employee parliament says the proposal is insufficient" Mr De Leeuw told reporters after a meeting of union sections. "The government should take its responsibility and preserve the index" he added.