Strike to Paralyze Belgium
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime services provider, is advising that Belgian trade unions have called a national strike for Monday. The strike, which will commence at midnight on 14 December and will continue through to midnight on 15 December, has been called by national unions to protest against new measures being taken by the Belgian Federal Government.
ISS Antwerp has reported that the unions represented in the National Joint Committee for the Port of Antwerp have called upon their members to participate. Severe disturbance to services in the Port of Antwerp, such as shortages of gangs and possible closure of the locks, are therefore anticipated. All Belgian ports are likely to be similarly affected, as will the Belgian railway and Belgian Customs.
ISS offices in Belgium will remain open as normal and will monitor the strike and report updates through the company website at www.iss-shipping.com