Belgium: Strikes close rail system

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Belgian railway workers shut down almost the entire national rail network and disrupted international services on October 18 in protest at rail freight reforms that could cost hundreds of train drivers” jobs, the Morning Star said that day.

The strike was called in protest against the terms of new “flexible” contracts that rail bosses are seeking to impose on staff. Unions warned that the contracts would make it easier for bosses to lay off hundreds of train drivers.

The strike action coincided with the ongoing huge protests in neighbouring France. Industrial action in both countries blocked rail transport across much of western Europe.

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