Trade union dispute unresolved as Belgian train service resumes

Belgium's public railway operator SNCB resumed full service Friday following a two-day strike, after the government defied unions by saying it would not budge on its railway modernization plans.

The strike had nearly shut down rail transport in the south of the country and affected connections to Germany, France and the Netherlands.

The CSC-Transcom and CGSP-Cheminots trade unions organized the strike in protest at a government plan to modernize Belgian railway operations, which unions say will lead to job losses, budget cuts and a dismantling of railway infrastructure.

Belgian media reported that unionists would meet railway managers for new talks on Tuesday.

Transport Minister Jacqueline Galant welcomed the unions' readiness to talk, but made clear that the government would not change its reform path.

"That would be a mistake," she was quote as saying by the daily newspaper Le Soir.

Last update: Fri, 08/01/2016 - 14:45

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