Call for unions and employers to negotiate amid 24-hour action over working conditions

The Belgian prime minister has appealed to employers and trade unions to resume their negotiations over working conditions after a general strike forced the cancellation of flights across the country for the first time in its history, as well as a shutdown of schools and blockades at factories.

As Belgium ground to a halt in the face of the 24-hour national strike, the fifth in the last 25 years, Charles Michel said there was no alternative but to resume talks.

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