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General strike coincides with EU Summit

01-30-2012 13:35 BJT

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Workers from Belgium's three main unions are expected to bring the country to a near standstill Monday with a 24-hour general strike. The demonstration is a protest against national austerity measures imposed at the EU’s urging.

Air travel will be seriously disrupted, and the entire rail network will be shut down, along with buses and trams.

The industrial action could cause problems as Brussels hosts an important European Union summit.

The austerity measures are being imposed by the Belgian government as it seeks to lower its debt by raising taxes and cutting benefits for thousands of workers. But the unions argue that further austerity measures will not necessarily lead to economic recovery.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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