No strike at Belgian Rail yet

29th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

The rail unions will discuss the newly revised social accord with their 38,000 employees before planning their next move.

29 April 2008

BELGIUM - Belgian Railway (NMBS) will not strike on Wednesday after all.

On Monday morning, the rail unions and management of the NMBS made a final revision of a draft social accord for the some 38,000 employees of the Railways. The accord will apply for the next two years.

The unions want to discuss the social accord for the next two years with their members before deciding their plan of action.

Not much is known about the actual accord. Both the unions and the management reportedly made compromises. This is all the unions would say following the talks.

The draft accord will now go to the members of the trade unions for approval.

The union leaders were pessimistic that their members would approve the accord.
According to Jos Digneffe of the socialist trade union ACOD, some last issues still need to be worked out.

"There are two options", says Jos Digneffe. "Accept the draft accord and call off strike action (and work through the last issues later) or reject the proposed draft and move to strike action."

In any case, the strike for 1 May has been called off.  Whether or not there will be strike action at a later date is unclear.

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