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De Standaard - Belgium | 16/03/2015

Belgians railway workers hurting the unions

The Belgian railway union ASTB has announced another strike for April. But the action will only harm the interests of other workers, columnist Dimitri Verbelen writes in the liberal daily De Standaard: "The worst thing is that as a result of this strike many people will lump together all the work done by unions. If once again workers who have more social security to lose than a handful of train drivers go on strike, it will only further reduce people's understanding for their cause. By contrast popular support for privatisation and tough measures is growing. That was already clear with the last elections. Who still has the right to talk about solidarity? The ASTB is delivering munition to anyone who wants to put in question everything the union pioneers have achieved over the years. With such friends, who needs 'neo-liberal enemies'?"

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