Last Thursday and Friday, brewery sites and warehouses witnessed strikes. On Thursday, production stopped completely at factories in Leuven, Hoegaarden and Gobel. Work resumed in Jubilee on Friday, but doors remained closed in Leuven and Hoegaarden. On Friday, employees of the Bosteels brewery in Bogenhout stopped working, and warehouse employees, where deliveries to cafes are made, also went on strike.
The strike was caused by difficult negotiations between unions and AB InBev management over wages and working conditions. After moments of consultation, “the differences between employer and employee were very deep,” according to the unions. The unions demand frequent wage bonuses, a maximum purchasing power bonus, and want guarantees for practical work. At the same time, they criticize “inadequate investments in staff and infrastructure.”
A new meeting is scheduled to be held next Friday between the administration and the unions. The two parties confirmed that discussions will continue. “We must reach an agreement during this meeting,” says ABVV Secretary Peter van der Elst. “If an agreement is not reached, new procedures will follow.”
look. The strike continues at brewer AB InBev
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