Public Transit Workers Strike in Belgium

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Public transit workers in Belgium have begun a 24-hour strike has against government pension reform.

Local media outlets report that members of three unions went on strike late Wednesday.

The workers are upset with the government's plan to raise the retirement age from 55 to 58.

The reform is part of Belgium's effort to stabilize its economy by lowering its deficit through austerity measures.

The Brussels Airport announced on its website overnight Wednesday there will be no train or bus service to the airport.

The airport also said there was no indication the strike would severely impact air travel and recommended passengers contact their airlines and not come to the airport if their flight is cancelled.

Thursday's strike is expected to run until 10pm local time.