Belgium: Trade unions condemn pension reform in Brussels

More than 25,000 people joined Belgium's trade unions in Brussels, Tuesday, to demonstrate against the pension system reform initiated by the federal government. The protest was reportedly organised by the General Federation of Belgian Labour (ABVV/FGTB), the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions of Belgium (ACV/CSC) and the General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium (ACLVB/CGSLB... Еще). Protesters demanded «a transparent and predictable pension system» while condemning a number of pension reform measures, including the raising of the legal retirement age and points-based pensions. Member of the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions of Belgium (ACV/CSC), Nicolas Gortz, noted that «there is going to be more insecurity for workers since they won't know neither the amount of their pensions, nor the age of their retirement.» Demonstrators rallied at the Gare du Nord before marching towards the Bruxelles-Midi train station. The march reportedly disrupted traffic in the Belgian capital.

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