A six-day strike by baggage handlers at Brussels Airport caused chaos for thousands of passengers, but such a situation could be avoided in future if a third competing company were to be brought in by the airport’s operating company, BAC.
The baggage handlers’ strike at Brussels Airport is over, after staff at Aviapartner approved a pre-accord reached between unions and management on Wednesday.

Bpost calls five-day strike in November

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:03
Unions representing postal workers have issued a strike notice of industrial action from 7 to 12 November, with a warning that the action could be extended.
Belgian employees work on average 24 hours and three minutes per week, 63% of the weekly maximum of 38 hours, according to a study by the Acerta human resources company.

Public sector leads the field in strikes

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:07
Belgium’s public service placed first among sectors with the highest strike rates in 2017, L’Echo newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting the latest study by the Sociopolitical Research and Information Centre, CRISP.
Talks between unions representing airport baggage handlers and employers Aviapartner broke down on Saturday without a result, and more flights can be expected to be cancelled today.
The strike by baggage handlers working for Aviapartner at Brussels Airport continues this Saturday, with one in five flights already cancelled – 110 of the scheduled 550 flights.

Over four million people work in Belgium

Friday, 26 October 2018 17:12
Over four million people worked in Belgium as at September 2018, while the number of unemployed persons continued to decline, according to data from the national social security and national employment offices, ONSS and ONEM, released on Friday by Labour Minister Kris Peeters.
A wildcat strike of baggage handlers working for Aviapartner at Brussels Airport has continued into its second day, with 18 flights cancelled at the time of going to press, and another seven planned.
Federal labour minister Kris Peeters has given his partial backing to a call from the families’ union Gezinsbond for working grandparents to be given special leave to care for their grandchildren in certain critical situations.