Brussels Airport tells customs officers to halt their protest
Brussels Airport, the company that operates the airport at Zaventem, and the Flemish employers' organisation VOKA, are incensed by the work-to-rule by customs officers at Brucargo, the airport's freight division.
As a result of the work-to-rule a lot of freight is being diverted to other airports.
The customs officers are unhappy with new government regulations governing shift work and work at anti-social hours. To vent their anger they have launched a work-to-rule at the freight division.
So far 30 million euros' worth of perishable goods have been lost. Employers' organisation VOKA claims that ten thousand tons of freight have already been diverted to other airports as a result of the protest.
Brussels Airport is not taking sides in the customs officers’ dispute with the government, but is calling for an end to the protests and for customs officers not to wait until Monday when talks are planned.
The airport management says that the airport's reputation abroad is being damaged by the protest. It underlines that 20,000 workers are directly or indirectly dependent on the airport for a job.
[Flandersnews.be / Expatica]