December 6, 2022

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Wednesday's rail strike: Three-quarters of trains not running

Wednesday’s rail strike: Three-quarters of trains not running

The united union front continues its planned 24-hour rail strike, which begins at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Railway company NMBS reported that due to the strike on Wednesday, only a quarter of trains will be running in Belgium. The railway network in the provinces of Namur and Luxembourg will be closed.

NMBS has developed an alternative train service based on individuals not participating in the strike. Travelers will be able to check back for details from Tuesday morning. The strike will begin Tuesday evening at 10 pm. The normal schedule will be in effect again from Thursday morning.

Rail unions are on strike for more resources and more staff, following the federal government’s budget talks. Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo and Mobility Minister George Gilkinet sent a response to the intent to strike, but according to the unions, this is nothing more than a “statement of intent”. “This commitment is insufficient and does not send any positive signal to railway employees.”

Rail unions had initially given notice of the strike on October 18, but submitted it to October 5 in order to pressure budget talks for the federal government. Unions are demanding that the railways’ ambitions be matched by the resources needed for employees.

The strike will begin on Tuesday 4 October at 10 pm. Minimal service is provided. Railway employees have to indicate whether they will operate or not, and based on this, trains that can be operated are determined. It should be clear by Monday evening at the latest.