Belgian unions in day of action for more pay

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Posted: Mar 04, 2011 4:26 AM
Belgian unions in day of action for more pay

Unions disrupted public transport in parts of Belgium and blocked industrial sites to demand better pay rises.

In a daylong protest Friday, bus and train schedules were affected, while the blocking of roads around Antwerp also affected work at one of the world's biggest harbors.

The day of action came after pay negotiations between unions and employers ended in deadlock.

Belgium's caretaker government stepped in with its own proposals for labor agreements but the socialist and liberal unions rejected them as insufficient. The Christian Democrat union backs the deal.

The federation of employers has condemned the day of action.

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BRUSSELS (AP) _ Unions disrupted public transport in parts of Belgium and blocked industrial sites to demand better pay rises.

In a daylong protest Friday, bus and train schedules were affected, while the blocking of roads around Antwerp also affected work at one of the world's biggest harbors.

The day of action came after pay negotiations between unions and employers ended in deadlock.

The government stepped in with its own proposals for labor agreements but the unions rejected them as insufficient.

Employers have condemned the day of action.