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Belgium hit by 24-hour strike

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS
Belgium hit by 24-hour strike

<p>Public sector workers in the French-speaking region of Belgium have gone on a 24-hour strike.</p> <p>They are protesting about the federal government’s policies. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">CGSP</span> union says it is a warning to the government.</p> <p>“The current government, which has a majority on the right, thinks public services are not important. They are under-funded and so we have to defend not only our jobs but also the services we can provide for the people,” said one protestor.</p> <p>“Pensions will be calculated differently, they will be revised downwards so most workers will lose out,” said another.</p> <p>Public transport, schools, postal and health services have been disrupted by the action.</p> <p>There are warnings of more if the government goes ahead with its plans.</p>