The move is intended to put further pressure on the rail management. The two parties met for further talks on Tuesday. The unions promised to put new management proposals to their rank and file, but these proposals have clearly not impressed.
The socialist union's Flemish wing has taken note of the Francophone move. The union believes that an acceptable, balanced agreement is in the offing. The Flemish wing intends to attend Thursday's meeting "with the management with a constructive attitude in the hope that it will be able to put a defensible offer to the rank and file afterwards".