National strike likely to disrupt Brussels public transport next Wednesday

National strike likely to disrupt Brussels public transport next Wednesday
A national strike in Brussels in May this year. Credit: Belga

A national strike organised by various trade unions will take place on Wednesday 21 September. It is expected to affect Brussels public transport operator STIB's bus, tram and metro services.

Earlier this week, trade unions issued a notice to members, highlighting that many people are no longer able to make ends meet and are "losing any prospect of a decent life." They decried the government's emergency measures, which they see as insufficient to tackle the root of the problem.

"These measures are not enough, not now nor in the future. The need is urgent: sustainable measures must be put in place before it is too late. If our political leaders have not yet understood this, we will make them understand," trade unions warned.

STIB announced on Thursday that it expects disruptions to its network on Wednesday 21 September as a result of the national strike. It stated that some transport vehicles "may not leave their depots on Wednesday."

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While it is not yet possible to calculate the extent of the disruption, STIB said it is doing its "utmost to transport its customers, depending on the staff available that day." Live updates will be available on its website, the mobile app and the social media channels Facebook and Twitter (@STIBMIVB).

The strike will start on Place de la Monnaie in Brussels at 10:00 on Wednesday 21 September. It is expected to cause traffic disruptions on the demonstration route.


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