Belgian workers protest dip in purchasing power
About 5,000 trade union members are staging the rally in downtown Brussels to demand for lower electricity, fuel and food prices.12 June 2008
BRUSSELS - Several thousand workers in the Belgian capital are protesting rising prices and decreasing purchasing power.
Some 5,000 trade union members are staging the rally in downtown Brussels to demand lower electricity, fuel and food prices. Thursday's protest blocked traffic and disrupted public transportation in regions around the capital.
The rally followed similar protests around Belgium.
Inflation in the euro zone is now running at the highest level since 1996. People are paying more at grocery stores and at gas stations, and economic confidence in the EU is at its lowest level in nearly three years.
[AP / Expatica]