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Stib and Tec networks to be disrupted by trade union demonstrations on Friday

Illustration picture shows buses at Gare de l'Ouest / Weststation during a public transport strike in Brussels. (BELGA PHOTO BENOIT DOPPAGNE)
05:50 21/04/2022

The Stib and Tec networks will be disrupted this Friday, 22 April, due to demonstrations for better pay organised by several trade unions, Bruzz reports.

The trade unions involved intend to make their voices heard on Friday as they call for "better wages" and a reform of the 1996 law on wage formation, a statement read.

In Brussels, trade unions will gather to demonstrate on Rue Ravenstein in the city centre, in front of the headquarters of the Federation of Enterprises of Belgium (FEB). "This event, which does not concern the Stib directly, will have an impact on the circulation of buses, trams and metros," warns the Brussels public transport company.

The Stib network will also be disrupted as some of its staff will participate in the demonstration. Faced with the expected disruptions, the extent of which is unknown at this stage, Stib advises its passengers to plan alternatives to its public transport service to travel around the city on Friday.

It assures that it will inform travellers in real time throughout the day on Friday via its website, its mobile application and social media. Customer Care will also be available, from 6.00 that day, to answer travellers' questions, by phone on 070 23 2000, as well as on social media.

In Wallonia, the Tec transport company also warns that disruptions are expected throughout its network. Travellers will be able to find out about the state of the network via the Tec Facebook page or by contacting the call centre in their region by phone.

Finally, the Flemish public transport company De Lijn has also warned that disruptions are also expected throughout Flanders.

At SNCB, on the other hand, no disruption is expected. No strike notice has been filed by the national rail company.

Written by Nick Amies