Belgium -Massive demonstration against reforms -November 06, 2014

The joint demonstration organised by the three trade union confederations to act against new government proposals (freeze of the wage indexation and increase of the pension age) has brought more than 100.000 workers to the streets of Brussels.

The joint demonstration organised by the three trade union confederations to act against new government proposals (freeze of the wage indexation and increase of the pension age – see our October Newsletter) has brought more than 100.000 workers to the streets of Brussels. The new liberal-conservative government had so far not talked seriously with the trade unions. This is in sharp contrast to the country’s long post-war tradition of concertation and dialogue. After the demonstration the prime-minister announced that the ministry of labour has the task to open up the dialogue with the trade unions ‘in all discretion’.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/06/belgium-austerity-protests-violence


For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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