Belgian airspace closed on Monday night

Belgian airspace closed on Monday night

No flights will be possible on Monday night between 1:30 and 3:30, due to a shortage of air traffic controllers. This is the latest update from Skeyes, the organization in charge of air traffic control in Belgium, reports Le Soir. Temporary closures of airspace have already occurred during the weekend and through points of last week. This led to delays and cancellations. Management tried to break the deadlock last week by concluding an agreement with the Socialist Union (ODOC/CSPF) at a Joint Committee meeting. But ACV/CSC did not accept. On…

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Belgium’s shoemakers, a dying breed

Belgium’s shoemakers, a dying breed

Ten years ago, there were 805 shoemakers in Belgium, but their number has since plunged by 22% to 630, Economic Affairs Department statistics show. The profession is disappearing, according to the Syndicat Neutre pour Indépendants (SNI), the union that represents self-employed professionals like shoemakers. “We are living more and more in a discardable society,” says SNI President Christine Mattheeuws. “When you buy shoes on line for about 50 euros, you no longer bother to have them repaired.” This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, she notes, from the shoemakers to…

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