Belgium faces travel chaos

2016-01-04 18:00


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Brussels - Rail travel in Belgium will be severely disrupted on Wednesday and Thursday after unions in the French-speaking half of the country vowed to press on with a strike against job cuts.

Travel chaos is to be expected, including on the high-speed train service to London and Paris, the SNCB rail company warned in statement on Monday.

The French-speaking region of Wallonia and the Belgian capital Brussels "should be particularly affected with (Dutch-speaking) Flanders relatively spared," the SNCB said.

The Thalys fast rail service said all trains to Paris were cancelled for Wednesday with details still to follow for Thursday.

The strike will take place despite a controversial decision by Dutch-speaking workers to remain on the job as negotiations with SNCB management and the Belgian government continue.

Belgian Transport minister Jacqueline Galant has vowed to stick to the government's plan to slash spending on SNCB despite a series of strikes against the cost cuts.

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