Belgian unions call all-out Carrefour strike for Saturday
Belgian unions have called on Carrefour workers to stage an all-out strike on Saturday in protest at plans by the world's second largest retailer to cut jobs and close stores.
Carrefour, number two behind US retail giant Wal-Mart, announced on Tuesday that 1,672 jobs would go and 21 loss-making stores close under restructuring plans. It also intends to freeze salaries for its remaining staff.
A strike over job cuts forced the closure on Wednesday of one third of the group's Belgian hypermarkets and a quarter of its smaller supermarkets. Some franchised stores will not be targeted by the industrial action.