The strike in Belgium hampers trains

The strike in Belgium hampered trains: The international flights, which were largely due to the strike, were largely hampered by domestic flights to Brussels.
Due to the strike initiated by railway workers in Belgium in response to the budget cut plan, domestic flights were largely delayed, while international flights were canceled.
In Belgium, the strike of workers who react to the government's reform package envisaging a cut in the budget of the state-owned railway company continues. On the last day of the 22.00-hour strike, which started Monday at 48:30 local time, trains in the French-speaking Walloon region, including the capital Brussels, almost stopped, while the Dutch-speaking Flemish region was experiencing XNUMX percent disruption.
Eurostar's trains between London and Brussels started to go only to the city of Lille in France. The high-speed train company Thalys, which operates Paris-Amsterdam and Paris-Cologne flights via Brussels, did not make any trips yesterday.
On the last day of the strike the union members gathered in front of the Midi Train Station in Brussels, left a wreath on foot to the Ministry of Labor.
In the reform package prepared by the government within the framework of austerity measures, the unions argue that the 20 percent budget cut for railways will cause at least 33 thousand out of 6 thousand employees to lose their jobs. It is stated that the decrease in the number of personnel means 6 days of vacation loss per year for other employees.
Trade unions in the Dutch-speaking Flemish region do not participate in the strike in the French-speaking Walloon region and the reason for the ongoing negotiations with the government. If the agreement can not be reached again in February is expected to strike again.

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