Belgian rail unions protest govt’s modernisation plans

Belgium's French speaking railway unions threaten to strike in protest to government’s modernisation plans

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Belgium's French speaking railway unions threaten strike actıon in protest at the government’s modernisation plans

Belgium's French speaking rail unions have threatened to strike against the government plans to increase the number of work days and to cut costs under a new modernisaton push.

The unions say they might not work on the countries’ railway network on January 6-7, the train operator SNCB says on its website.

Ducth speaking rail unions have decided to negotiate with the government and say they will not be taking part in a strike.

The public transport union CSC Transcom and the railroad workers’ union CGSP Cheminots on Monday confirmed the prospect of a strike, reported Anadolu Agency.

According to the government, the aim of new procedure was to increase productivity.

The government wants rail staff to work one hour more each week, but the unions say this would degenerate working conditions.

The national railway company SNCB warned commuters not to rely on trains when they’re travelling between Tuesday night and Thursday late evening. Railroads mostly in the French speaking Wallonia are expected to be shut down.

Last year, Belgium was paralyzed in a series of strikes, including a national one that hit public transportation, government offices, schools and private businesses.

AA, TRTWorld and agencies