Friday’s strike, organised by the Socialist trade union the FGTB (the General Federation of Belgian Labour), “will be particularly felt in large manufacturing businesses, the majority of which will see decreased production outputs. The majority of other technological businesses will feel little or no impact.” This is the view of Agoria, the employers’ association, today (Friday).
“In the long term, the economic fallout of this action this action will translate as lower investment in our country. He who is seeking to cause such economic fallout today, should foot the bill tomorrow for his children,” Marc Lambotte, the Chief Executive of Agoria commented.
According to the sector-based federation, in Flanders and Brussels, around twenty businesses are being affected by production losses of between 50 et 100%.
In the Liège and Le Hainaut provinces, the majority of large production businesses are at a standstill owing to blockades.
On the other hand, in SMEs and ICT businesses, “the strike impact is almost nil.”