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Public transportation crippled as major trade union goes on strike

Due to a strike by several trade unions in Belgium, a large part of public transport is shut down. There are hardly any buses and rail traffic has halved.

About two out of ten buses currently operate in the Flemish provinces of Limburg and Antwerp. Some lines also have stops across the border. The Belgian transport company De Lijn calls on travellers to consult their website for travel information.

The disruption of train traffic started at 22:00 on Sunday evening and lasts until 22:00 on Monday evening. Until when the bus companies strike is unknown.

The Belgian Trade Unions ACV and ABVV are campaigning for more pay, after the negotiations between unions and employers on wage increases failed. According to the Centrale Raad voor het Bedrijfsleven, there is only room for 0.4% storage, which is not enough for the unions.

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