Belgium -Public transport strike to end Friday, 13 April -April 12, 2012

Trade unions announced to resume public transport services on Friday 13 April after an agreement was made with interior minister Joelle Milquet regarding increased deployment of policy officers on the Brussels public transport network. Staff of the Brussels public transport company STIB launched a strike after a STIB inspector was killed on Saturday 7 April. The inspector was at the scene of a minor accident between a bus and a car when a friend of the car driver reportedly laid into him. The 56-year-old man who worked for the company for 29 years died of head injuries later in the day. Unions have been demanding stepped-up security on transport routes for years, citing an increasing number of violent acts committed by the public. Despite the Wednesday agreement, the strike continued on Thursday in order to give employees the possibility to attend the funeral of the colleague that died from injuries.

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