Belgium was brought to a standstill this week, when the first national strike in more than four years shut down airports, railways and hospitals across the country.
The strike in protest at pay restraint was called by three unions and caused major disruption to transport networks in the capital Brussels, where NATO gangsters were gathering for a meeting.
Unions are demanding an end to the current 0.8% pay cap and a rise of 1.5%, along with a 10% increase in the minimum wage, secure jobs and better work-life balance, plus decent pensions and a strengthening of social security and public services.
They hope to put pressure on Prime Minister Charles Michel’s center-right coalition ahead of May’s general election.
Post offices, schools, hospitals and rubbish collection were among the services affected by the industrial action, while flights to and from Belgium were canceled, according to air traffic control agency Skeye.
The strike was also joined by supermarket workers, mainly in the French-speaking part of the country.
Forty-four Carrefour chain supermarkets have now been closed down so far. Dock workers refused to load or unload ships in the port of Antwerp and blockades stopped work at hundreds of factories nationwide.
Mr Michel claimed that his government had created 219,000 jobs in the past four years and demanded that talks on resolving (read : stopping) the dispute resume today.
Morning Star / ABC Flash Point News 2019.