All flights in and out of Belgium cancelled as country paralysed by general strike

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 A national strike to demand higher pay has paralysed airports, sea ports and rail traffic in Belgium, with all flights in and out of the country cancelled because air traffic controllers could not guarantee safety with a skeleton staff. 

Hundreds of factories are shut down for the day as trade unions protest limits on wage increases during times of economic growth and want better conditions for early retirement, minimum wages and better education on the job.

The centre-right government of Charles Michel is not in a position to forcefully react to such demands at the moment since it is in a caretaker capacity after the coalition broke down late last year.

The flight cancellations began at 10pm local time on Tuesday night and will run for 24 hours.



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