Red hot air balloon takes to the skies in Wallonia

Red hot air balloon takes to the skies in Wallonia
Pictures of a past protest organised by the FGTB. Credit: Belga.

When residents of the Mons-Borinage area in the Walloon province of Hainaut woke up on Monday and took in the morning sun, they would have seen a red hot air balloon amongst the clouds.

The FGTB (General Labour Federation of Belgium), one of the largest trade unions in Belgium, launched the balloon in the colours of its organisation at around 06:40 on Monday morning.

The red balloon flew over the Boraine area for an hour, in order to raise awareness for the union's nationwide demonstration on 20 June in Brussels. The union is also carrying out other actions during the day such as organising meetings and leafleting in companies.

According to the FGTB, the goal of the demonstration in June is to press the Government to raise workers' wages across the country.

They still argue that workers require higher wages to strengthen their buying power in the face of higher prices caused by rising energy costs, after the crisis has previously already dominated their May Day protests.

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The FGTB also noted in a statement to Belga News Agency that trade union activists are increasingly being targeted in court, with their June rally also acting as a call on the Government to uphold and safeguard trade union freedoms.

"It is in this context that the FGTB has devised an action plan to put pressure on employers and the Government in order to obtain clear answers on these two issues," the union concluded in their statement.

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