Demo for more spending power

28th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2007, BRUSSELS - On 15 December Belgium's three main trades unions will stage a joint protest. They are demonstrating against plummeting spending power in Belgium and in favour of a strong, federal social security system.

29 November 2007

BRUSSELS - On 15 December Belgium's three main trades unions will stage a joint protest. They are demonstrating against plummeting spending power in Belgium and in favour of a strong, federal social security system.

The unions hope that the demo will send a message to the negotiators discussing the formation of a new Federal Government.

The three main unions met on Wednesday morning to consider an action plan to maintain ordinary people's spending power.

Spending power has come under pressure recently partly as a result of spiralling energy prices.

The unions want Belgium's next government to take action to keep benefits in line with prices and wages.

They oppose any splitting up of the federal social security system and are pressing for equitable taxes.

The unions are concerned about the centre-right administration that is now being put on the rails.

Eddy Van Lancker of the socialist union said that even before the administration took over it was clear that this would be a right wing government.

Mr Van Lancker added that the unions wanted to dispatch a clear signal saying that the negotiators must take account of ordinary people.

"The new government should deal with the problems of ordinary people and not those of the employers" Mr Van Lancker added.

The unions expect up to 25,000 people to take part in the demo on 15 December.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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