Belgium - Lack of consultation leads to strike at seaports - September 30, 2018

The unions that represent the workers employed by the Flemish Maritime Services Department staged a day of industrial action against the responsible ministry’s reform plans. All the region’s maritime pilots downed tools and at least 8 locks on Flemish canals were closed to traffic. The workers’ strike was in protest to government reforms that will affect sick pay. With the new plan workers will get payed 65% of their wages when they are sick for more than 30 days. The unions find it unacceptable that a reform of the conditions of employment of workers is planned without first having consulted with their union representatives.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer © ETUI


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