The blockade of the Leuven brewery InBev AB and offices in the trade unions Jupille lasts at least until the night of Monday to Tuesday. The action started yesterday in protest against the restructuring in Belgium where 263 jobs are deleted. The same day the board announced in the countries of Western Europe zone to about 800 of the 8,000 jobs to be deleted.
"The supervisor asked today to negotiate, but we refused. We want first Monday with union representatives from all branches AB-InBev Belgium in an action to determine strategy. It is also planned consultation with unions in other Western European countries," said trade unionist Alex Van Cauwenbergh (ACV).
The unions demand that the restructuring plan is withdrawn. "AB InBev makes abuse of the economic crisis and will only increase profit margins," said Kris Croonenborghs (FGTB). The morning activities were the bottling operations in the Leuven brewery stopped. These were during the days after the supervisor restarted it had threatened not to pay wages. Currently, forty loaded trucks blocked.
"We expect the volume looks exhausted tonight so no more can be filled. Brewing will by Sunday morning stop. This set themselves on both issues of supply and waste disposal. Supply problems for customers are not expected because AB InBev on This industrial dispute for months preparing and stocks in various places has, "says Van Cauwenbergh.
AB Inbev made in all countries of the Western Europe area redundancies announced the intention. In total, some 800 on the dismissals go. That is 10 percent of the workforce. (belga / gb)