Thousands of employees of Belgian public services marched through the streets of Brussels March 27 in protest against Government victimisation of Government employed Civil Servants who participated in the January 29 one-day strike of Public Service employees.
GV Demonstrators marching through streets.
STV Passing closed cinema.
CU Cinema notice 'Greve Nationale cinemas etc.'
SV PAN.. Down closed cinema.
TV Demonstrators through streets.
SHOT TOWARDS.. Ditto with banner 'Mineurs etc.'
TV PAN.. Demonstrators in public square listening to speech of Mr. Debunne.
SV Mr. Debunne speaking on balcony.
LV PAN.. Demonstrators applaud.
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Background: Thousands of employees of Belgian public services marched through the streets of Brussels March 27 in protest against Government victimisation of Government employed Civil Servants who participated in the January 29 one-day strike of Public Service employees.
In one of the city's many large squares, M. Debunne, President of the employees union, told the assembled multitude that there was no Belgian law forbidding Civil Servants to strike.
Contrasting sharply with the violent scenes during the January 29 strike, the March 27 demonstrations were peaceful and orderly. On their way to the mass meeting, demonstrators passed cinemas closed in an 8-day strikes against heavy tax on admission charges.
Belgium's 500,000 strong Socialist General Federation of labour - representing the Public Services employees - organised a 24-hour strike January 29, demanding a guaranteed minimum weekly wage of 1200 francs (approx. GBP8/11/10); higher unemployment benefits; double pay for annual holidays; reform of sickness insurance; a Governmental policy of full employment; a five-day week for everyone, and minimum annual pension of 36,000 francs.