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13th month when contract ended

Question

In Belgium there is a 13th month around Christmas, and also a bonus-month in the summer. So you have a total of 13.9 salaries a year, or 15% on top of regular salary.

What happens when a contract is terminate? In another answer it is said that you are only paid when you are employed in the company at the end of the year. This looks quite strange, as it would encourage firing people early to avoid paying these money?