At the Lidl supermarket chain, many stores remain closed today due to the strike against the ongoing large workload. In Flanders there are already stores in Limburg and East Flanders that have not opened, according to the Socialist Workers’ Union. According to the liberal trade union, many shops have been closed, and the situation will be similar to what it was yesterday. At that time, more than 100 stores were closed across the country.
(See also: Yesterday, one in three Lidl closed due to strike against high work pressure)
The number of supermarkets closed today is in line with yesterday, estimates Jan de Wije, National Secretary for BBK. “I think the weight of the work now lies more in Wallonia.” Yesterday it was the other way around, and more stores were closed in Flanders. It also indicates that the weekend is coming. According to de Wigge, no consultation has yet been planned.
Limburg and East Flanders
“In Limburg, 6 stores will remain closed,” said Marie-Ann Smits of the BBK Employees Union this morning. “More stores may remain closed, and we hear that many employees are ready to strike today. For example, if there is no full occupancy, attendees may be working behind closed doors.”
Catherine Degres of BBK adds that stores in East Flanders will remain closed. In Ghent, for example, the branches of Zelzate, Wondelgem, Ghent (van Ryhovenlaan), Destelbergen and Mariakerke will remain closed, as will the store in Maldegem.
Seven or eight stores will remain in the Liege region, according to the liberal association ACLVB. This number is expected to rise in the coming hours as staff meetings are scheduled in Liege and Charleroi.
high working pressure
In the department store chain, a social struggle over a large workload has been lurking for a long time. There were also promotions at Lidl this spring. Yesterday, the department stated that more than 100 out of about 300 stores across the country were closed. This included more than 60 branches in Flanders.
ACLVB regrets that management would only have proposed the meeting next Monday. The union wants to get around the table faster.
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