Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Public transport workers striking in Brussels, Belgium, May 11. Disruptions to bus and tram services ongoing.

This alert affects Brussels

This alert began 11 May 2020 09:35 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Public transport strike
  • Location(s): Brussels (map)
  • Date: May 11
  • Impact: Public transport disruptions

Summary
Employees of the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (STIB-MIVB) are engaged in strike action the morning of May 11. The action is to protest the resumption of public transport services in the city following the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions. The bus network is heavily disrupted as a result of the strike, with a number of routes canceled and all tram lines running at a reduced frequency, apart from line 7, which is currently suspended. The metro network is unaffected.

The strike is reportedly a spontaneous action and not supported by union groups; it is not clear how long the action and resultant disruptions will last.

Background and Analysis
As part of the Belgian government's COVID-19 exit strategy, from May 11, public transport was to resume running at least 85 percent of usual services to facilitate the reopening of many shops and businesses on the same date. Critics argue that it is not possible to implement adequate measures to protect employees from COVID-19 under current conditions; further strikes are likely as the exit strategy continues to be implemented.

Advice
Check public transport schedules for delays and disruptions prior to travel. Allow extra time to reach destinations.


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