Due to the failure of the wage negotiations with employers, trade unions chose Wednesday, February 13, to organize a national strike.
The trade unions announced a national strike on February 13 due to the failure to negotiate wages. Trade unions demand higher wages, higher incomes and pensions, better conditions for ending a career, and better opportunities for combining work and private life.
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In addition to indexing, Conseil Central de l'Economie has determined the rate of wage growth of 0.8%. In the eyes of trade unions this margin is insufficient.
Blow to local governments
The local and regional government CGSP will participate in the national strike on 13 February, organized as a common front of trade unions. According to the trade union, the effect on services rendered will be "quite delicate".
Among other things, they concern municipalities, CPAS, provinces, firefighters, local and federal police, local hospitals, inter-municipal …
Both SNCB, Tec, Stib and De Lijn were invited to withdraw. The strike, accepted by the union, which is a common front CSC-FGTB-CGSLB, will be from February 12 at 22:00 to 13 February. However, SNCB will set up a minimum service as defined by law now.
► The item will affect all public transport
In the Belgian sky, airplanes will be scarce, with a strike notification sent to the Skeyes (former Belgocontrol) air traffic control company. The Christian Union also filed another notice of an attack on Skeyes: the actions could have taken place since February 23rd.
In Charleroi, the airport will be completely stopped, while the Zaventem airport will expect strong interference. The airport in Brussels advises travelers who booked a flight on February 13 to relocate it to another day. Also, public transportation to the airport will be disturbed this day.
In the meantime, Brussels Airlines has removed all of its flights (222) scheduled for the day strike, thus changing the plans of more than 16,000 passengers. Other companies of the Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings) have not yet taken any decisions regarding flights that took place on and from 13 February to and from Belgium. Flights to TUI will be redirected to Lille, Orly, Maastricht, Eindhoven or Amsterdam.
Those who handle luggage at various airports will cross their hands.
There's no call to attack the bpost
Trade unions in the battalion lodged a notice of a strike for the national strike on 13 February, but do not require strikes.
"The strike notification is filed so that anyone who wants to participate"
, explains Jean-Pierre Nijns of the CGSP Flemish wing.
"However, we will not specifically request strike questions for the Bpost."
Nevertheless, mail distribution needs to be discontinued, such as collection of waste.
Shops were also hit
Guards will be organized at Charleroi in front of the shopping centers of Ville 2, City Nord and for the first time on Rive Gauche, the unions have announced that they have reviewed the mobilization on the common front.
► Airport, shopping centers, bpost …: the impact of the strike on February 13 is the largest in Charleroi