The co-ordinating committee of Walloon trade unionists decided at Namur, Belgium, Jan 21, to suspend the month-old strike in the last three southern bastions of Liege, La Louviere and Charleroi.
Different interior shots during the meeting
After 2 fingers: Andre Renard, president with at his right Mr. Genot, general secretary of the F.G.T.B.
Different other shots of the meeting. There is food on the tables as it was expected that the meeting was to be a very long one.
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Background: The co-ordinating committee of Walloon trade unionists decided at Namur, Belgium, Jan 21, to suspend the month-old strike in the last three southern bastions of Liege, La Louviere and Charleroi. Work will be resumed Jan 23.
Presided over by militant leader of the Socialist trade unions, Andre Renard, the meeting was attended by 40 delegates. It lasted four hours and took place in a hospital.
A second resolution was adopted - that the National Trade Union Federation should be reorganised on a federal basis between French-speaking Wallonia in the south and the Flemish-speaking north, with possibly a separate section for Brussels.
The Christian-Social Party called for the dissolution of the Belgian Parliament and new elections after the final vote of the Austerity Bill that led to the strike and violence. The Bill was introduced in view of losses in the Congo Republic. The move follows a similar declaration by Liberals in the Government coalition and (reports said) makes spring elections almost certain.