The nationwide strike, scheduled on Monday, will ground all flights to and from Belgium, paralyze railroad communications and halt all public transportation across the country, Press TV adds. The unions insist that they have no choice but to proceed with the strike, in the face of new tough austerity measures proposed by the government.
The strike is also likely to close offices, schools, factories and businesses.
“The Belgian government is using EU austerity targets to penalize families, employed and unemployed, students and the poorest of society rather than targeting the big capital that remains almost untouched by the government’s austerity measures,” European Transport Workers Federation said, according to Press TV.
The protests against the austerity measures began in November, when at least 100,000 workers took to the streets. The rally was later followed by a series of strikes.