Belgium - Trade unionist’s conviction infringes on right to strike - August 31, 2019

During a 2016 strike the president of the Antwerp branch La Centrale Generale - ABVV, took part in roadblocks to the port of Antwerp. The strikers were confronted by police who broke up the demonstration and arrested union leaders. The president was sentenced because of ‘malicious obstruction of traffic’. The court of appeal now ruled that his conviction without sentence was right. A verdict regarded by the international union movement as an infringement of trade union rights.

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