Protestors paralyse InBev operations

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Protestors paralysed operations of Belgian brewer InBev on Tuesday as 1,500 demonstrators marched through Leuven.

28 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Protestors paralysed operations of Belgian brewer InBev on Tuesday as 1,500 demonstrators marched through Leuven.

InBev said in November it will restructure its operations in Belgium, laying off up to 232 employees.

In response, workers and unions demanded information on management plans and guarantees on job security on Tuesday.

An InBev spokeswoman admitted to Reuters the protest had an "impact on production", conceding "most parts are blocked at the moment".

She said talks would continue with the unions after Tuesday's strike in a bid to explain the need for the restructuring.

"Today is for the employees to express their opinion and we respect that ... at the same time, we keep on working on a constructive dialogue," the spokeswoman said.

Workers are disgruntled by large bonuses paid to departing executives and the bumper profits made by the group during 2005.

Unions wrote a letter Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt demanding a code of conduct for highly profitable companies.

InBev is the world's largest brewer by volume.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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