De Lijn unions threaten four-day strike
A busy week for De Lijn: A new digital payment method is launched, but unions threaten a four-day strike
Protest against restructuring
Unions are protesting at a planned restructuring, which will see the loss of nearly 300 jobs. The jobs would affect management and administrative staff and would mean a reduction of the workforce by 16%.
The reform would also eliminate the five provincial De Lijn headquarters, with much of the workload being transferred to the headquarters in Mechelen. That would mean workers would have to travel to Mechelen to work.
Talks will continue, but “if nothing changes, the strike goes through," said a union spokesperson.
In better news for travellers: De Lijn has launched an electronic version of the Line Card, which offers 10 rides for €16. This is a card bought by passengers who only used De Lijn occasionally. As this option is not yet available on De Lijn’s Mobib card, only a paper card was available that had to be validated.
The new electronic version of the card, called m-card10, is a smartphone app for Android and iPhone. It’s cheaper, too: users pay just €15 in advance for 10 rides.
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largest-ever De Lijn investment in million euros
million passenger rides in 2012