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Brussels public transport on strike
www.chinaview.cn 2004-10-22 16:10:49

    BRUSSELS, Oct. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The Belgian capital of Brussels was jammed with cars early on Friday morning after the staff of the public transport system started a one-day strike on Thursday night.

    Left without busses, trams or subway, local residents had to goto work by car, by bicycle or on foot, bringing chaos to the wholecity.

    Local media reported that the labor union called the strike to protest the lack of communication within the Brussels public transport company, STIB, and to highlight what it calls inhumane conditions for workers.

    Issues the union is angry about include training, dismissals and the company's subjective interpretation of agreements.

    It is also unhappy about the heavy traffic in the city and the staff's demanding timetables.

    The strike is expected to end on Friday night, but it was reported that a union meeting will be held next Tuesday to decide on further action.

    Belgians are currently troubled with strikes.

    On Thursday, hospital workers across the country took to the streets or stayed home to demand higher pay and better working conditions.

    Belgian post office workers are threatening to hold a strike onNov. 10 over their working conditions, local media reported. Enditem

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