Belgium -Strike lames public transport -April 17, 2015

Austerity, cuts in the public transport sector and the failure to top up wages and benefits in line with inflation resulted in a stand-still of the local transport system.

The trade unions continue the opposition to government austerity, cuts in the public transport sector and the failure to top up wages and benefits in line with inflation using the index system. The local transport system came to a halt as a result of the national strike on 22 April called by the socialist trade union. The strike affected rail, post, school and government offices across the entire country. In Brussels all three trades unions, the socialist, the Christian and the liberal unions, issued the strike call. Therefore, practically all metro, tram and bus services operated by the Brussels local transport company, the MIVB, were cancelled.

English: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/travel-chaos …   

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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