Unions organized a national day of action on Monday in order to increase purchasing power and amend the Wage Standard Act 1996. According to the unions, 80,000 demonstrators descended on Brussels to participate in the national demonstration.
Among them are the president of the French-speaking socialists Paul Magnet, the co-chairs of Greene Jeremy Vannechot and Nadia Nagy and several deputies from Forot. The head of MR, Georges-Louis Bochese, described Magnet’s presence as inappropriate. “Politicians should increase purchasing power by cutting taxes on workers, rather than protesting.”
Open VLD Representative Christian Lissen joined this in the House on Wednesday during a debate on budget tuning last spring. He spoke sharply about his fellow majority. He said, “My stomach turned when I saw the majority parties participate in a demonstration against the government’s policy.”
Lissen also criticized some European sanctions against Russia, which “do not help much if we see that they harm us more than Russia,” and noted that “dark clouds are gathering” on the Belgian economy as an entrepreneur. He called for “courageous decisions.”
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