Government adopts minimum service for TEC public transport
Right under the noses of CGSP and CSC union protestors on the pavement in front of the Walloon parliament in Namur, the latter adopted a first draft of law to enforce a minimum service during strikes.
The proposal, being discussed for months and partially adopted by the PS party which no longer sits in the Walloon government, foresees that when employees want to strike, those who are willing to work that day, can inform the public transport company TEC 24 hours in advance.
This way the TEC can spread its drivers who are not striking, over priority lines like those serving schools and hospitals for instance. On the other hand, those responsible for wild strikes will be punished financially, something the CGSP union considers unacceptable.
The actions of the socialist union on Thursday and Friday preventing drivers who were willing to work to do so, strengthen Walloon Minister of Mobility Carlo Di Antonio (cdH) in his believe that “organizing a minimum service is a necessity”.
The law proposal adopted on Thursday goes further than this minimum service alone. It handles a complete reorganization of the mother company of TEC, the Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport (SRWT) and its five exploitation entities.
The fusion under a single management structure should allow to reduce the number of managers from 85 today to 15. The regional entities (TEC Brabant Wallon, TEC Charleroi, TEC Hainaut, TEC Liège-Verviers and TEC Namur-Luxembourg) will have to transform into ‘mobility pools’.