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Belgian Workers Strike against Austerity, 1960-61 ("Winter Strike")

Time period
1960-1961, 1960 to 1961, 1961
Economic Justice
Total points
6.5 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Clare Perez, 2/3/2015

The Belgian workers strike of 1960-61, often referred to as “Winter Strike” or “The Strike of the Century”, was considered to be one of the most important Belgian strikes of the 20th century. Strike history in Belgium had always been slightly unconventional compared to Northern European, North American, and French and Italian strikes.  Differences existed in the frequency of strikes, the size of the strikes, as well as the duration.   Belgium had frequent strikes pre World War II, and this history of striking contributed to the success of the Winter Strike.