Belgian transport workers keep fighting

This 31 May 2016 video is called Public sector workers strike against austerity in Belgium.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Transport strike enters day four

BELGIUM: Trains, trams and buses in Brussels remained at a standstill on Tuesday as transport workers extended a strike into its fourth day.

Transport chiefs admitted: “Not a single metro, tram or bus is going.”

Staff are on strike for better protection from violent customers following the fatal beating of a supervisor when he was called to the site of an accident on Saturday.

Authorities have promised 400 extra police for the transport network but staff say it is not enough.

Greece‘s Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) called a 48-hour strike on Tuesday in protest at lack of payment and benefit cuts: here.

2 thoughts on “Belgian transport workers keep fighting


    Brussels public transport halted for four days by strike over worker’s death

    Public transportation in the Belgian capital, Brussels, ground to a halt for four days after staff employed by the public transport company STIB walked out to protest the death of a co-worker in an assault. Until Wednesday, no buses, trams or trains were operating in the city.

    Transport workers took industrial action following the assault on Saturday, on a supervisor who died after being punched in the face.

    The workers have demanded new security measures to keep staff safe.

    In response, STIB announced it is to recruit 50 new security officers, on top of the 190 officers it already has. As a temporary measure, the company also said it is to move some of its staff from duties such as checking tickets to security roles.

    On Wednesday, the Brussels metro was operating with reduced services on four out of six lines, but only a few tram lines were working and buses remained in their depots, according to STIB.

    An AFP report said, “the partial resumption of services followed an agreement between management and the Confederation of Christian Unions, which represents about half the personnel affiliated with unions, to return to work Wednesday under certain conditions.”

    However, two other unions announced they would continue to strike until at least Thursday—the day of the funeral for the transport worker—with some workers reportedly intending to stay out until at least Friday.



    Customs workers to keep up strikes

    BAHAMAS: Immigration and customs workers vowed over the weekend to continue strike action for new contracts until the May 7 general elections.

    Customs union spokesman K Renaldo Collie said the government had cut customs workers’ salaries by up to 60 per cent and said staff are not allowed enough rest between shifts.

    Mr Collie said his union and others have been demanding new contracts for over two years.


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