Belgian unions call all-out Carrefour strike for Saturday

26th February 2010, Comments 0 comments

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.

BRUSSELS - "There will be a general strike in all the group's Carrefour stores on Saturday," union representative Myriam Delmee told AFP Thursday, saying more details about union demands would be revealed later.

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.


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