A national demonstration will sweep the streets of the capital on Monday, led by the FGTB (socialist union) and the CSC (Christian) – the CGSLB (liberal) supports the demands, but will not join the procession due to the health crisis. The meeting is given at 10:30 am at the Brussels-North station. The procession will start at 11:00 am Wearing a mask is compulsory.
Concretely, the unions are calling for structural measures to reduce household energy bills, the maintenance of automatic indexation as well as a reform of the 1996 law on wage standards. This standard has been strongly denounced in recent months by the three trade unions, who were offended that a maximum margin of 0.4% – beyond inflation – was only authorized under the 2021 inter-professional agreement. -2022. The unions are calling for a revision of this legislation in order to allow “freer” negotiations.
To these demands for the strengthening of the purchasing power of workers, the two unions added the defense of trade union freedoms. They want to express their indignation against the judgment rendered by the Liège correctional court which condemned, on October 19, 17 trade unionists, leaders and affiliates of the FGTB for a blocking action carried out five years ago on the Cheratte viaduct.
Trains will run
This event is expected to seriously disrupt public transport, with the exception of trains. Rail traffic is usually well insured during demonstrations in Brussels, with trains transporting protesters to the capital.
On the side of the Stib, we expect disruptions, due to the participation of some of the staff in the demonstration but also the passage of the procession in the streets of Brussels. The Brussels public transport company will indicate on its website and application, as well as on social networks Facebook and Twitter, from Monday morning the exact disruptions to its network.
In Wallonia, buses should also travel less, although a strike notice has been filed with Tec. All deleted trips will be detailed on the Tec website. Some disturbances are already known. Thus, for Tec Liège-Verviers, it is already planned that 45 lines will not run at all and that trips will be canceled on the others. In Walloon Brabant, several dozen lines are already affected by travel cuts, as in Hainaut. In Charleroi, the connection to the carolégien airport and the subways should be impacted.
In Flanders, De Lijn is banking on 60% of its buses and trams. The Flemish transport company has drawn up an alternative traffic plan. (with Belga)