The railway Union issues a strike notice on July 12 and 14

The Autonomous Union of train drivers ASTB issued a strike notice for a 48-hour strike beginning at 3 am on Thursday 12 July. This comes in addition to a strike notice issued by the Independent Rail Staff Union OVS for a 48-hour strike from 3am on 10 July. Both unions want to take strike action as they reject managements’ proposals on train drivers’ wages.

Talks to resolve the dispute are scheduled for Tuesday. If they fail there will be disruption on the railways from 3am on Tuesday 10 July to 3am on Saturday 14 July.

Minimum service
Today’s strike action by the socialist union ACOD has led to many cancellation. However, the new system of offering a minimum services appears to have helped many to be able to get to work. Those not planning to strike were asked to inform the Belgian rail company NMBS 72 hours in advance. This allowed the rail company to draw up an emergency time table concentrating on rush hour services for commuters and services between the biggest cities outside the rush hour.

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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