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Belgian unions march against labour reform

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Belgian unions march against labour reform

Belgian unions march against labour reform
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Several thousand people have marched in Brussels in protest at planned labour market reforms.

The centre-right government plans to extend the working week to 45 hours from 38 now.

Ministers also want to cancel an automatic wage hike

Belgium has a system where salaries increase automatically in line with inflation.

Police said 45,000 people were present; Unions said there were 70,000.

Officers had warned local residents and motorists to stay away from central Brussels.

A number of transport lines were also shut as staff took part in the demonstration.