The Christian trades union’s Rudy De Coster told journalists “Colleagues that do comparable jobs in Flanders or Wallonia earn between 10% and 15% more.
Mr De Coster says that talks designed to resolve the dispute have encountered difficulties. "At the end of September we sent a list of our demands to the Brussels First Minister Rudi Vervoort (Francophone socialist). There was a short two hour strike on 11 October, but it was to no avail".
The unions say that the "logcial next step" is to stage a demonstration. "We have issued a strike notice to allow our members to take part in the demostration", Mr De Coster said.
Staff that work for the municipalities, social services councils and public hospitals want a big pay rise.
“Colleagues that do comparable jobs in Flanders or Wallonia earn between 10% and 15% more”, Mr De Coster added.