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Belgium: Docks paralysed and transport hit in anti-austerity strike

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By Euronews
Belgium: Docks paralysed and transport hit in anti-austerity strike

<p>One of Europe’s biggest ports has been paralysed in a one day strike against austerity measures in Belgium, that has brought disruption to industry, transport and other services in parts of the country.</p> <p>The docks at Antwerp have been hit by industrial action affecting four provinces in the first of a series of regional stoppages to be held every Monday until December 15, when unions plan a national day of action.</p> <p>They are denouncing reforms planned by Belgium’s new centre-right government including raising the retirement age and cutting health and social security budgets. </p> <p>Repercussions have been felt in the capital where flights were affected and picket lines forced passengers arriving at Charleroi Airport to access the site by foot.</p> <p>A largely peaceful anti-austerity demonstration in Brussels earlier this month ended in violent clashes between a few hundred protesters and police.</p>