Belgian trains back on schedule

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The NMBS is expected to submit new proposals to the unions as they resume talks on Wednesday.

21 May 2008

BELGIUM - On Tuesday evening rail services slowly returned to normal after 10pm as the 24-hour national rail strike came to an end.

By Wednesday, morning services were running back on schedule.

Frederic Petit, the spokesman of the Belgian National Railway Company, NMBS, said that there were no problems during the morning rush hour.

He added: "Rail services resumed as normal on Wednesday morning. The travelling public should be able to reach Brussels and other destinations without any difficulty."

On Wednesday, the rail company and the rail unions are resuming talks about a new collective labour agreement. Rail workers struck in support of a better pay rise and improved working conditions.

Rail chief Jannie Haek has indicated that he will be putting new proposals to the unions.

An earlier offer was rejected by rail workers resulting in Tuesday's strike.

Sorry Pass for travelling public
The rail company is issuing "sorry passes" to season ticket holders. The pass allows one person to travel for free on the entire network for an entire day. They can be collected at stations starting today and remain valid for one month.

The passes are the company's way of saying sorry for Tuesday's disruption.

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