Belgian strikers returned to work in the Walloon areas of the industrial south, Jan 23.?
Belgian strikers returned to work in the Walloon areas of the industrial south, Jan 23. The country's month-old strike was over - workers in other parts of Belgium had gone back earlier.
Steel plants and various other works and factories were busy once again. The decision to end the strike in the last three southern bastions of Liege, La Louviere and Charleroi was taken Jan 21 by the co-ordinating committee of Walloon trade unionists meeting at Namur.
The committee also want the National Trade Union Federation re-organising on a federal basis between French-speaking Wallonia in the south and the Flemish-speaking north, with possibly a separate section for Brussels.
Cause of the strike - the Austerity Bill introduced in the Belgian Parliament in view of losses in the Congo Republic. This led to violence in many parts of Belgium when the industrial unrest was at its height.