Belgium's trade unions organise major protest in Brussels on 15 December

Belgium's trade unions organise major protest in Brussels on 15 December
Workers manning a picket outside the BASF chemical plant in Antwerp, during a national day of action of all trade unions on 9 November 2022. Credit: Jonas Roosens/Belga

Belgium's two largest trade union federations have announced a major protest in Brussels on 15 December against high energy prices.

Participating trade unions are the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (CSC) and the General Labour Federation of Belgium (FGTB). The General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium (CGSLB), Belgium's third-biggest trade union federation, is expected to announce whether or not it will participate within the next few days.

The decision to take to the streets comes just the day after a proposal from the Federal Government to mitigate the impact of record energy prices on Belgian workers was rejected by the CSC and FGTB.

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The date of the protest has been purposefully chosen as landing on one of the three days of the European Summit in Brussels from 14-16 December.

"We are organising [the strike] to challenge political decision-makers about the urgency of capping energy prices when a European Summit will take place on the same day in Brussels," Marie-Hélène Ska, Secretary-General of the CSC, told Belga News Agency.

The unions' decision to take to the streets comes just weeks after a general strike was held on 9 November.


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