Belgian public services on 24-hour-strike
Town halls, libraries, day-care centres, swimming pools and other recreational facilities are closed on Tuesday.24 June 2008
BELGIUM - The trade unions in the public service sector are holding a 24-hour-strike.
Many services are closed Tuesday, including town halls, libraries, day-care centres, swimming pools and other recreational facilities. Garbage is not being picked up in many places as well.
Many day-care centres, rest homes, swimming pools, libraries and recreational facilities are subsidiaries of the municipal, provincial or welfare authorities and are closed Tuesday.
According to the trade unions, many of their members are taking part in the 24-hour-strike of the Flemish municipal, welfare and provincial personnel, resulting in 80 percent of the municipal services being closed Tuesday.
Many public service employees and civil servants from all over Flanders are gathering in Antwerp for a demonstration.
The Flemish civil servants are striking because they are disappointed with how the social negotiations are proceeding.
There is still no agreement on a collective labour agreement for 2008-2009.
The negotiations collapsed in May. The administrations only wanted to commit to an increase in the end-of-year bonus. The trade unions are demanding a linear wage increase of EUR 1,000 annually.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]