There is a great risk that rail traffic will be disrupted on Saturday, July 27, as the independent railway workers’ union (SIC) has filed a strike notice for that day in protest at poor working conditions and lack of staff.
The strike notice was filed during an intense period of negotiations between management and the unions.
Many train attendants (as well as tickets officers and station staff) have had to cancel their holidays at the last minute this summer due to a lack of available staff.
SNCB points out that a “minimum service” will apply in the event of a strike and that it will communicate which trains will run on the day of the strike at least 24 hours in advance.
July 27 promises to particularly busy weekend at train stations, with expected good weather and popular events such as the Tomorrowland Festival and the Libramont Agricultural Fair scheduled to be held.