Pickets close IKEA stores

11th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

Trades union activists succeeded in closing three of Belgium’s six branches of the furniture superstore.

11 Novembver 2008

Trades union activists succeeded in closing three of Belgium’s six branches of the furniture superstore IKEA. The stores in Anderlecht (Greater Brussels), Zaventem (Flemish Brabant) and Hognoul near Liège are all being picketed. While the Anderlecht store opened after a bailiff issued the pickets with a writ, Zaventem and Hognoul remain closed.

The dispute at IKEA centres on a new system of bonuses.

The unions are opposed to the system.

However, management insists that the company’s employees approved the new system.

In future, employees will receive bonuses levels based on the performance and profitability of the company.

Staff meetings

Management has held a series of staff meetings to explain the new bonus system in recent days.

Employees were asked for their views on the new system.

Management claims that majority of IKEA staff are in favour of it.

(flandersnews.be/Expatica)

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