New draft social accord at Belgian Rail

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While trade unions are positive about the outcome of the talks, much is still dependent on 10 June when members will cast their votes on the new social accord.

4 June 2008

BELGIUM - A draft social accord has been reached after a day of negotiations between the management of Belgian Rail (NMBS) and the trade unions.

The accord will apply for the next three years. The negotiations centred on wage rises and bonuses, and on retirement possibilities for people from the age of 55.

The trade unions are positive about the outcome of the negotiations. A number of measures that they were strongly against were taken out of the draft social accord.

The trade union members must vote to decide if they will accept or reject the accord on 10 June.

If the accord is rejected, new strike action is possible from 20 June.

The last train strike was on 20 May. Train traffic was paralysed for 24 hours. International trains were also affected.

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