Another impromptu train strike today. Coinciding with my journey home. From experience, they usually last about 2-3 hours. They start (often from Charleroi station) at one station and quickly spread around the region as word reaches depot after depot that their colleagues elsewhere have stopped working. Within an hour or so, the whole network has come to a standstill. All you can do is sit and wait, and hope that your train arrives at some point. The presence of a cargo train shooting past is always a good sign.
Where I wait for my train, there is no information board, ticket office shuts at 1.45pm, and occasionally, but not always, there is an announcement on the tannoy. Of course, this being a strike meant no announcements were forthcoming. Luckily it was a gloriously sunny day, so I sat and waited (for 1 hour and 20mins) and read the Metro from cover to cover. Not sure these kind of impromptu strikes would be allowed back home. They're a right pain to be honest.