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Unions plan to strike in Antwerp but not protest

Unions are not planning a demonstration in Antwerp, a socialist union spokesperson has said in response to rumours that Antwerp dock workers were planning violent protests on the provincial day of action planned for November 24. Some sources blame Antwerp dockers for the violence that erupted...

Belgium climbs to ninth place in English proficiency report

In the fourth edition of the Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) released today, Belgium moved up from 13th to ninth place, reports metrotime.be. The EF EPI examines the English language skills of 750,000 adults from 63 countries, revealing wide gaps in English skills across the...

7 questions for Ray Holliday-Bersegeay, head of St John’s International School

In 1964, a small group of expatriate parents living and working in Belgium approached an order of Catholic sisters and asked them to help them build a school. The idea was to provide their children with an education in English. St John’s International School was born. What began as a small band of...

Seven out of 10 Belgians go to work sick

Seven out of 10 people in Belgium show up to work even when they are ill or injured, according to a survey by HR specialist company Securex. Young, highly educated employees and executives are most likely to work when they are not feeling well. Some do it because they enjoy their work, but others...

Extreme makeover: Iconic Anderlecht slaughterhouse is about to get a whole lot better

Visitors to the regular market on the grounds of the slaughterhouses of the Brussels commune of Anderlecht will soon be able to enjoy the view out over the local farm, and even dine in a restaurant amid the fresh produce being served on their plates. The canal zone is one of the most industrial...

Federal minister wants to replace low-profit rail lines with buses

Flemish mobility minister Ben Weyts has criticised a proposal from his federal counterpart, Jacqueline Galant, to close down unprofitable rail routes and replace them with buses. Weyts said he was fully in favour of more collaboration between rail authority NMBS/SNCB and Flemish public transport...

Brussels mayor responds to criticism around demonstration

Federal interior minister Jan Jambon has ordered an investigation into claims that Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur (pictured) ordered police not to go to the assistance of colleagues in difficulties during last Thursday’s anti-government demonstration in Brussels. The accusation was made in the Flemish...

Belgium leads Europe in fertility treatment

One in 30 babies in Belgium is born to parents who have undergone some form of fertility treatment. That's the highest rate in Europe, and on par with Scandinavian countries, reports Gazet van Antwerpen . "The longer you wait to try for a baby, the harder it gets. That is well known, but still...

Already 80 women signed up for abortion campaign

So far, 80 Belgian women have volunteered to be photographed for a public awareness campaign on abortion, reports De Standaard . "What do you call a woman who has had an abortion? Your mother, your sister, your friend", reads the poster in an abortion awareness campaign conducted in the UK a few...

Wage watchers: How much does an education specialist earn?

What do you do for work? I work as a school counsellor and education specialist. I visit different schools in the Antwerp province, I think together with the teachers over the problems that they run into with the children or in a class: for example, children who cannot sit still, conflicts between...

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