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Schools and transport hit by 2 October national strike
Schools and public transport are among the areas that will be affected by a nationwide day of strike action next Tuesday (2 October), which has the backing of three major Belgian trade unions.
Demonstrations are planned on Tuesday in Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Namur, Liège, La Louvière and Brussels - where a march will set off from Central Station at 10.00.
The FGTB, CSC and CGSLB unions are striking against federal government reforms to pensions and the retirement age. "In 2025, we will have to work until age 66. In 2030, it will be 67," the FGTB said.
In Brussels, Stib buses, trams and metros are likely to be disrupted. The public transport operator says it will keep passengers updated in real time via its website, app, social media and call centre (070 23 20 00).
TEC transport services in Wallonia are also affected. There is no word yet from the SNCB or Flemish operator De Lijn.