From TV programming about public transport to the post: here you will feel the national strike Tuesday

Nunzia PetraliaSourceBELGA

Public transport

Train traffic will be seriously disrupted from Monday 30 May at 10 p.m. to Tuesday 31 May. A quarter of the trains will run. The Flemish public transport company De Lijn also warns of the necessary nuisance.

To avoid the hindrance at the NMBS In order to limit it as much as possible, an alternative train service has been developed, based on the staff who have indicated that they will work. One in three of the IC trains between the major cities runs. In addition, one in five suburban S trains and L trains runs. Most P trains, which only run during the morning and evening rush hours, do not run.

There are no trains in the provinces of Liège, Luxembourg and Namur. This is because there is insufficient staff available in that region from railway manager Infrabel. This also means that the IC trains crossing these provinces will be limited. There will also be few or no trains in a number of other stations in the country. The NMBS advises all travelers involved to work from home if possible or to look for an alternative.

Travelers are advised to prepare their train journey well. This can be done via the journey planner on the NMBS website or app, which shows the alternative train service. During the strike, the screens in the stations only show the trains that are running. The alternative train service is also communicated through the various information channels of the NMBS, such as the social media channels. Train traffic will return to normal from Wednesday morning, 1 June.

Archive image © BELGA

Also The line warns of the necessary hindrance to the service. Not all buses and trams will run. De Lijn has developed an alternative service based on the available staff. Travelers can consult these via the route planner on the De Lijn website. Trips that will not be performed are not shown in the route planner.

The Flemish public transport company has already called on travelers to provide an alternative if possible, such as teleworking, carpooling, cycling or walking.

Archive image

Archive image © BELGA

In Brussels, the STIB “very severe disruptions” to its bus, tram and metro networks and the public transport company is also advising travelers to use alternatives to get around on Tuesday. Travelers can consult the STIB mobile app to find other ways to travel that day.


There are also many teachers in education who will take action, according to ACOD Education. Many pickets are also being set up at various schools across the country. Emergency care is provided in a number of schools.

Archive image

Archive image © Kees van de Veen


At the VRT, the strike will have a major impact on the programming. In addition to the news items, the radio will mainly feature music. At Radio 1, Radio 2, StuBru, MNM and Klara, the morning and evening blocks will remain, but they will be shorter. Music will be played in between. At Radio 2 there will only be a national offer, not a regional one. And the news bulletins on all radio stations will only be heard at 7, 8, 12, 13, 5 and 6 pm. In addition, a trade union message will regularly be seen, heard and read on TV, radio and online.

Shortened TV news of a maximum of 10 minutes will be broadcast on TV. Ketnet and Canvas will be broadcast on one channel. Ketnet will be visible until 8 p.m., after which a switch will be made to Canvas with the broadcast of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Programs that are pre-recorded, such as Junior looking for loveroaming wild and The Campus cup, will be broadcast as normal. The series Home will not be on TV on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday 1 June there will be a double episode from 8.10 pm to 9 pm. Home is also pre-recorded, but was removed from the programming because Home “is an important part of the VRT Transformation Plan.”

VRT staff will also go on strike on Tuesday to protest against the announced transformation plan. “The plan currently on the table is not a savings plan, but a demolition plan,” according to ACOD VRT, ACV VRT and VSOA VRT. “The willingness to strike has never been greater,” it sounds. The unions demand more respect for the employees and the viewers. That is why they call on the Flemish government and management to stop the savings and privatization and to index the operating resources.

Archive image

Archive image © BELGA

Action is also being taken elsewhere

Also postal company bpost announces that it expects disruption in its services. It is difficult for the company to estimate how great this nuisance will be, but it does everything it can to keep it as limited as possible. “Packages, newspapers and priority letters are given priority anyway, non-prior shipments may be on the road for a day longer. There may also be disruption in the post offices, but unfortunately we will only know to what extent our services are disrupted tomorrow.

Action will also be taken in some municipal counters, administrative services, residential care centers and prisons. Staff in Belgian prisons will take part in large numbers in the national strike action on Tuesday. That will be heard on Monday from various unions.

Leave a Comment