Belgians march against austerity

2013-02-21 22:15
Nearly 40 000 people take part in a rally called by the country's three major trade unions against austerity measures in Brussels. (Belga Nicolas Maeterlinck, AFP)

Nearly 40 000 people take part in a rally called by the country's three major trade unions against austerity measures in Brussels. (Belga Nicolas Maeterlinck, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Brussels - About 30 000 to 40 000 people gathered in Brussels' city centre on Thursday in a protest against austerity called by the country's three major trade unions.

Among the protesters - estimated by police at 30 000 and by organisers at 40 000 - were workers facing lay-offs from a Ford auto plant in Genk and an ArcelorMittal facility in Liege.

Trade unions had expected a turnout of 10 000 for the protest march.

"Pensioners, the unemployed and the sick don't even have the minimum needed to be able to adjust their revenues," said CSC trade union leader Claude Rolin.

The trade unions were protesting against the government's decision to freeze wages as well social welfare payments and the minimum wage.

Although unions did not call a general strike, public transport was snarled both in the Flemish-speaking north and French-speaking south.

Buses were badly hit in Brussels but trams and the underground rail system were running at 75 to 80 percent during the morning rush-hour.

Read more on:    belgium

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Someone may be making you feel uncomfortable. It may be a power issue or a situation that is forcing you to see things truthfully....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.