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2018, a year laden with strikes actions in Belgium

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Charles Michel’s government has seen more strikes than past governments in recent decades, according to recently published statistics.

In 2018, 422,249 individual working days were lost through strike action, according to ONSS figures published in De Standaard on Friday.

During the last thirty years, there have been on average 238,000 strike days annually. But under the current government, the figures have exploded.

In 2014, at the beginning of the ‘Swedish coalition’, 853,000 strike days were recorded. This government has been the one most challenged by discontent since that of Dehaene I.

Not all the strikes were politically motivated. in November for example, the majority of days lost through strike action concerned the company ‘bpost’. But big political strikes have also been coming into the reckoning, as have those about the pension age, the sharp rise in the cost of living or again the slow decrease in unemployment.

The Brussels Times

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