A spontaneous strike broke out at brewer AB InBev in Leuven on Wednesday evening, the ACV union reported on Thursday. The reason was the dismissal of an experienced employee because he had stolen a can of beer.
“This was the direct reason why people stopped working, which we think is right, because stealing is a serious mistake. But frustrations have been bubbling up for some time,” says ACV secretary Sander Mouton. “It concerns, among other things, understaffing and an increased workload. Decisions are also made with different weights and measures: for one person everything is allowed, for the other nothing is possible.”
Mouton refers to the fact that an employment guarantee is built into the collective labor agreement. If someone is dismissed for economic reasons, they must still be paid wages for 3 years. “But if the employer draws up a ‘file’ showing that someone has been dismissed for other reasons, he can escape that condition,” says Mouton. “It’s pretty clear that savings need to be made.”
A meeting is planned with the management on Thursday, ACV reports.