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Transport disruption on Tuesday as unions call day of action

19:37 27/01/2020

Public transport in Brussels will be disrupted on Tuesday, due to a nationwide day of industrial action over social security funding.

According to the Stib, the impact of the walkout will be felt across the metro, tram and bus network. At 6.30, all metro lines were running normally but with a longer wait between trains. Most tram lines are operating and about a dozen bus lines, including the airport bus.

Passengers should check the Stib website and social media accounts, or call 070 23 2000 for the latest updates.

A march will set off from Brussels North station at 10.00, causing several bus lines to be diverted.

One of the participating unions, the FGTB, said the day of action aimed to fight for "reinforced and fairly financed social security".

The union said: "Faced with coordinated attacks by employers and the political right, we must fight tooth and nail to defend our model of social security."

Walloon public transport operator TEC is warning of "significant disruption" around Mons and Liège - but services should run almost normally in Walloon Brabant, Namur and Luxembourg provinces.

The SNCB said there should be no impact on rail services. Flemish public transport operator De Lijn said the disruption should be minimal.

Written by The Bulletin