Belgian rail unions plan national strike on May 20
Reuters: May 9, 2008
BRUSSELS - Belgium's two largest rail unions have called for a nationwide strike on May 20 in a dispute over pay and conditions.
The ACOD and ACV-Transcom unions said their members had rejected a provisional deal agreed with management last month.
The strike, by some 90 percent of the employees of state rail firm SNCB/NMBS would bring trains to a standstill for 24 hours from 10 p.m. (11 p.m. British time) on May 19.
It would also hit high-speed international services such as the Eurostar to Britain, Thalys to France and the Netherlands and the ICE to Germany.