Tens of thousands demonstrate against government’s pension plans

Tens of thousands of trade unionists took part in demonstrations in cities across the country against pension reform of the government. In Brussels, police counted 4,000 protesters, while a VRTNews reporter at the demonstration estimated that about 5,000 protesters took part.

Depending on who you believe this is either twice or three times the number that had been expected to take part in Antwerp. In Ghent the police counted 5,000 demonstrators, while the unions says that there were only 4,000. The opposite was true in Hasselt (Limburg) there were 5,000 demonstrators according to the unions. In Leuven (Flemish Brabant just a few hundred protesters took part.

The demonstrations were in protest at the failure to come up with a plan that would allow people in so-called “demanding professions” to retire earlier than 66 (from 2025) or 67 (from 2030).

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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