Bélgica - The National Railroad Company (NMBS) undermines the right to strike

During the strikes that took place both in January and May 2016, the National Railroad Company (NMBS) imposed penalties on striking workers. In particular: for the strike action held in the beginning of January 2016 a worker, Jordan Croeisaerdt, participating in a picket in front of the Centre for the management of traffic, received a penalty amounting to EUR 1,686.89. It was only after a legal action undertaken by the trade union that the sanction was declared illicit. Workers participating in a wildcat strike between 25th and 30th of May got a fine of EUR 12.50 deducted directly from their salary as well as a severe reprimand in their personal files.

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