Belgium -Minister does not understand rail workers strike threat -November 22, 2013

Federal minister for public sector companies, Jean-Pascal Labille has said he does not understand why rail workers unions would threaten strikes in the face of a 1,000 job reduction in the rail company until 2018. According to the minister, the reduction of staff has been part of the political discussion for a long time and will be achieved without involuntary dismissals. Rail workers, on the contrary, are concerned about the cuts and fear the restructuring may lead to job losses as well as worse working conditions.



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