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20 June national strike: No flights, trains running, varying situation on trams and buses
A national day of action in Brussels this Monday by the FGTB, CSC and CGSLB unions is causing widespread travel disruption, reports RTBF.
A large demonstration will be taking place in the capital and strike action is being observed by various companies at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, which has resulted in all flights being cancelled.
Unions have pledged a ‘show of force’ in their demands for more purchasing power for workers and a change in the law on wage norms.
Public transport networks in all three regions, Stib (Brussels) TEC (Wallonia) and De Lijn (Flanders), are also severely affected.
In the capital, Stib expects a severely disrupted network on Monday and invites travellers to find alternatives modes of transport.
The public transport company is providing updates about its network from 6.00 in the morning on its website and social media.
In the Flemish region, 60% of buses and 40% of trams will continue to operate, announces De Lijn. This percentage is higher in Ghent, which also has 60% of trams in service. But only 50% of vehicles will circulate in Antwerp. De Lijn advises travellers to consult the route planner on its website or mobile app.
In Wallonia, the TEC announces on its website a cancelled service in Walloon Brabant and reduced service in Hainaut and the provinces of Liège, Namur and Luxembourg. Lists of cancelled routes have been published on the letec.be website.
Eight additional trains are being operated by SNCB, which should not be affected by the strike.
Brussels Airport decided on Sunday evening to cancel all flights scheduled for Monday departing from Brussels-National airport.
"We cannot guarantee the safety of travellers," said spokeswoman Nathalie Pierard, after an announcement that even fewer workers from security company G4S would be providing security screening. Waiting times could have exceed eight hours.
Photo: © Belga/Jonas Roosens