Belgian strike paralyses transport

p14464World-News-6-1

Published: Monday 15th December 2014 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Trade unions in Belgium are capping a month of industrial action against government austerity policies with a general strike which has paralysed air and rail traffic and left companies throughout the country idle.

Today’s strike is targeting measures by the nation’s business-friendly government to cut into employees’ income, extend working time and restrict social services.

The strike also had an immediate international impact since Brussels Airport, a busy hub with connections throughout Europe and beyond, had no traffic whatsoever.

Airport spokeswoman Florence Muls said some 600 flights have been cancelled, affecting 50,000 passengers.

The series of labour actions, the toughest in years, started last month with a demonstration that drew some 120,000 protesters.

Published: Monday 15th December 2014 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search