Three major labor unions have called for a general strike on Wednesday, February 13, after talks with the Central Economic Council failed on Tuesday, January 22. The Council reportedly proposed limiting wage increases in 2019 to no more than 0.8 percent; unions demanded wage increases of at least 1.5 percent. Associated demonstrations are possible in Brussels and other major cities nationwide during the strike. A heightened security presence as well as associated transportation and business disruptions are expected in affected areas if the strike proceeds as planned.
Individuals in Belgium are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
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