Why Belgians marched today

Revolting Europe

Unions lead a massive demonstration today in Brussels against cuts to public services, pensions and wages.

As many as 100,000 marched against the new coalition government and its plans to raise the retirement age, to 67 years by 2020, and decision not increase wages under the indexation system that links pay to the cost of living.

According to the opposition socialists, workers earning 1,900 euros a month will lose 336 euros a year on average, part of a picture of ‘social regression’ being imposed on the Belgian people.

A number of socialist leaders, including former Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo headed the demonstration while the PTB (Workers’ Party of Belgium), social movement activists, civil society organisation joined the march too.

The right-wing government led by French-speaking liberal Charles Michel – the first to include ministers from the separatist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party – has vowed to make public spending cuts of 2.5…

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