Belgium - Massive protests against labour reform plans - May 31, 2016

More than 60,000 unionised workers marched on 24 May in protest against proposed labour-market reforms including longer hours and a higher retirement age, snarling up traffic in a large part of Brussels. The march was followed by a large demonstration on 31 May and strikes by public-sector employees, with train and bus services disrupted along with schools, prisons and mail delivery as workers protested against the government's social and economic policies. The three main trade union confederations oppose proposals that would allow employers to impose a working week of up to 45 hours when required, followed by shorter weeks to retain a 38-hour weekly average. The protests are the first in a series of actions planned for the coming months, including a strike on 24 June and a day of national demonstrations on 7 October.

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