Belgian rail strike planned for 5 November

28th October 2009, Comments 1 comment

The country’s two biggest rail unions have announced plans to take industrial action next week.

The planned strike will start at 10pm on Wednesday 4 November and will last until 10pm on Thursday 5 November.

However, it is likely that all but a few trains will run before Friday morning.

The rail unions are angry at plans to restructure Belgian Railways’ freight operation B-Cargo.

The liberalisation of rail freight has seen a number of new operators take many of its traditional customers.

Around 900 jobs are to be cut at B-Cargo which is losing money hand over fist.

However, about half of the people set to lose their jobs at B-Cargo will be found work elsewhere within Belgian Railways.

Although there have been several meetings between rail management and the trades unions, there have not yet been any formal negotiations on the job cuts.

The unions have threatened to take strike action every Thursday “if management continues with its plans to dismantle B-Cargo.”

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