Social accord averts more InBev strikes

9th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 June 2006, BRUSSELS — InBev management and unions reached an in-principle agreement on Friday morning over the details of a social plan to soften the impact of planned job cuts.

9 June 2006

BRUSSELS — InBev management and unions reached an in-principle agreement on Friday morning over the details of a social plan to soften the impact of planned job cuts.

The deal meant planned strikes on Friday were averted following a total shutdown of InBev's Belgian breweries on Thursday.

InBev said the deal included agreements on helping sacked workers find work elsewhere (internally or externally), natural attrition rates such as early retirement schemes from the age of 52 and social and financial assistance for workers made redundant.

A total of 295 jobs will be cut at InBev as part of the planned restructuring. But the social accord reached between unions and management will restrict forced redundancies to about 40.

The deal comes after workers walked off the job at all of InBev's breweries in Belgium on Thursday. Strikes were planned to continue on Friday, but the work stoppages were called off after the deal was reached at about 4.30am on Friday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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