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Brussels in a Jam Over Public Transport Strike


Brussels is jammed with cars and frustrated commuters Friday, as the Belgian capital feels the impact of a public transport system strike.

Streetcars, buses and subway trains are idle across the city and many people have decided to take the day off from work.

The 24 strike began late Thursday. Labor unions say they are protesting a lack of communication within the Belgian transport company, known as STIB, which they say makes working for the company difficult. Unions complain about staff shortages, a lack of training programs and poor working conditions for their members.

The company says it has made reasonable offers to the unions, which were rejected.

Union officials are to meet next Tuesday to decide their next move.

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