Belgium’s labor unions have begun their latest strike in a month-long series of regional industrial actions across the country as EU finance ministers gather in Brussels to discuss national budget plans.
Transport services in the capital, Brussels, and the province of Walloon Brabant were affected by the stoppage on Monday by members from Belgium’s three main trade unions; the Christian Trades Union ACV, the Socialist Trades Union ABVV and the Liberal Trades Union ACLVB, which have more than three million members between them.
Police warned commuters to stay away from the Belgian capital as domestic and international rail services were disrupted.
Managers at Brussels airport warned at least 46 percent of flights were cancelled and others subjected to delays.
The United Arab Emirates-based airlines Emirates and Etihad also cancelled flights to Brussels.