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Wildcat strikes continue on Belgian railways

Belgian rail carrier SNCB

Train drivers in Belgium are due to be returning to work following a wildcat strike yesterday which prompted transport minister André Antoine to demand they be sacked.

Drivers at the Onoz depot on the Namur-Luxembourg line walked out at 4am Monday 12 March in protest against a new annual leave system.

The Wallonia minister of transport, Antoine, said that strike leaders should be fired. He declared: "We have here a wildcat strike by the trade unions. I asked for a disciplinary investigation in order to identify the persons in charge. If they are identified, I asked that they be laid off. The behaviour of some cannot harm in the majority"

As reported elsewhere on libcom.org a wildcat strike of conductors paralysed services across Wallonia in late February following assaults on staff, and only returned to work following a commitment to improve safety on trains.

Meanwhile a refusal to check tickets and potential national strike were on the cards in a dispute over staff bonuses. We are not aware of what developments have taken place here so if you have any information please contact us.

Posted By

Steven.
Mar 13 2007 10:37

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