Conflict at Carrefour over Bruges superstore
Unions at the French supermarket chain Carrefour are protesting in ten stores on Saturday.
The protest is aimed at wage policy at the new Carrefour store in Bruges (West Flanders).
Staff are unhappy that employees in Bruges will be paid 30% less than their colleagues elsewhere.
The unions fear that a precedent is now being set.
Carrefour says it is doing everything to keep the shops open.
Carrefour management says blockading the ten hypermarkets is unacceptable.
Unions warned that hypermarkets in Zemst (Flemish Brabant) and Schoten (Antwerp) will remain closed on Saturday due to lack of staff.
In Oudergem in Brussels a bailiff appeared with a court order and there was a massive police presence.
Fifty officers in riot gear were deployed.
In West and East Flanders Carrefour stores were open.