Carrefour uses strong arm tactics
Once again Carrefour’s management enlisted the help of bailiffs to force pickets to let colleagues who wanted to work through.
11 November 2008
Trades unionists picketed several branches of the French-owned supermarket chain Carrefour on Monday morning. Once again Carrefour’s management enlisted the help of bailiffs to force pickets to let colleagues who wanted to work through.
Three Flemish Carrefour stores in Kraainem (Flemish Brabant), Hasselt (Limburg) and Koksijde (West Flanders) were picketed as were several Carrefour hypermarkets in Wallonia.
Staff are unhappy that employees at a new hypermarket in Bruges will be paid between 20 and 30% less than their colleagues elsewhere.
The unions fear that a precedent is being set.
Furthermore, staff at the new Bruges store will have to work more Sundays than is the case at other Carrefours.
Their bonus for working on Sundays will also be lower than at other branches of the French-owned retailer.
Jan De Reymaker of the Christian trades Union told VRT, "We want to make it clear that if they start doing this in one shop there’s no telling where it will end."
Water cannon and battons
Police used water cannon to extinguish fires lit by strikers outside the Carrefour store in Kraainem.
Earlier they had clashed with pickets outside the hypermarket.
The police had been brought in to clear the picket after a writ had been issued to allow the shop to open.