The Center d’Action Laïque asks the Stib to explain itself “in full transparency” on the reasons which led it to accept being legally qualified as a discriminating company and, if necessary, to ” reconsider this decision “.
“The question of the neutrality of the agents of the public services is too important to be the simple game of electoral calculations”, estimates Véronique De Keyser, president of the CAL in a reaction diffused Monday evening.
The center also asks the Brussels government “to order the Stib to go back”.
More generally, politicians are invited to adopt “legislation firmly guaranteeing the neutrality of public officials”.
“Legislating in this area will finally make it possible to get out of the ‘piecemeal’ management of this issue and the legal insecurity and unequal treatment caused by this lack of clarification,” points out the CAL in its reaction.
The president of the Management Committee of the Stib, Merlijn Erbuer, stressed Monday evening that the public transport company “has always been a pioneer in terms of diversity.” It is because we wish to continue in this direction that the Management Committee decided not to appeal the order of the labor court despite its imperfections, “he said.
According to a press release from management, the Management Committee asked the Stib to embark on a participatory process to review its neutrality policy.
According to the Brussels public transport company, one of the two government commissioners – Editor’s note: Commissioner Open Vld, according to a well-informed source, close to the Management Committee – reserved the right to suspend this decision within four days and to put it on the table of the Brussels government.