Flights hit amid nationwide strike in Belgium

Flights hit amid nationwide strike in Belgium
Picture: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert.

A national strike to demand higher pay has paralysed airports, sea ports and rail traffic in Belgium, while hundreds of factories are shut down for the day.

Trade unions are protesting over limits on wage increases during times of economic growth and want better conditions for early retirement, minimum wages and better education on the job.

The centre-right government of Charles Michel is not in a position to forcefully react to such demands as it is in a caretaker capacity after the coalition broke down late last year.

There were almost no flights landing at or departing from Belgian airports as air traffic controllers could not guarantee safety with a skeleton staff.

Dublin airport tweeted that passengers travelling to Brussels from Dublin are advised to check with their airline for the most up to date information.

-Press Association with additional reporting by Digital Desk Staff

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