A union march, mostly green but with pockets of red and blue, started from the central train station in Brussels at approximately 10:45am on Friday. The non-market sector is requesting negotiations over new multi-year agreements, amongst other things. Over 2,000 people answered the unions’ call on Friday. The non-market sector, representing half a million people on Belgium, aims to speak to the various levels of government in the country. It regrets that every reform brings losses in terms of rules and guarantees regarding necessary staff as well as quality working conditions. Unions also ask for negotiations on multi-year agreements, as the federal non-market sector has been without an agreement since 2013.
The delegation met Prime Minister Charles Michel and Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Employment Kris Peeters in the morning and reckons its message was listened to. It will give detailed feedback on the meeting to protesters at 12:30pm on Place de la Liberte. A meeting with Maggie De Block, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, was also scheduled, for June 30th.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)