Trade unions protest in Brussels against austerity plans

24th September 2014, Comments 1 comment

Activists from the liberal, socialist and Christian trades unions began protesting in Brussels on Monday against the federal coalition negotiators' austerity plans.

The Chairman of the socialist trades union ABVV told journalists that Monday’s protest was “just the start” of his union’s resistance to the austerity measures.

The trades unions say that once in office the liberal, Flemish nationalist, Flemish Christian democrat coalition will make swinging cuts that will above all hit workers and those on benefit.

"This will be the most conservative government since the Second World War”, Mr De Leeuw told journalists.

"Everything is going to be financed on the back of the workers, while the rich and companies will be spared. The measure we already know about are blind cuts that will cost 50,000 jobs. Moreover, skipping an index-linked pay increase will cost those in employment around 20,000 over the duration of their working lives.”

The unions demand that the new federal government guarantees purchasing power, invests in jobs and works toward a fairer taxation system.

The unions add that the measures taken by the new Flemish government also hit those in employment the hardest.

The demonstrators, 5,000 according to the unions, gathered on the Muntplein in front of the Brussels Opera House.

Many had travelled to the capital by train and walked to the Muntplein, causing some traffic problems en route. / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • nhmorgan posted:

    on 10th October 2014, 08:44:52 - Reply

    Belgium is apparently part of the debt-austerity global scam.

    One may ask the question:
    What kind of financial-economic system is this in which Banks keep bailing out Governments, Governments keep bailing out Banks, and in both cases the Taxpayers have to pay?

    The debt-austerity issue is NOT merely class war; it is a staggering fraud committed by the global financial cartel and numerous collaborating national governments.

    The funds given as Government-loans are newly created upon the transactions exchanging two fictitious IOUs [1] yet the Government Deficit arising from the Debts these transactions generate is referred to as the very "reason" for the subsequent Austerity and Government spending Cuts, as the "necessary" measures to compensate for the "monetary sacrifice" that are made in order to enable Governments to properly function. These fictitious Government-loans are to deceive the citizens of affected countries that the "inevitable consequences" of these transactions that our societies must suffer are increasing Taxation, Austerity-measures, loss of jobs, decreasing salaries and lower Government Spending.

    For more see blogs:
    The short story of how we are kept in odious Debt, Deficit, Crisis and Austerity

    The story of how we are being conned by Banks and Governments