Deal secures Leffe beer supplies

22 January, 2010

Stocks of Leffe and Hoegaarden beers have been secured after striking workers at breweries in Belgium reached a piece deal with employer A-B Inbev.

Workers had been blockading three breweries preventing supplies of raw material and packaging from entering.

The strikes were in protest at plans by the brewer to cut 10% of its Belgian workforce.

A-B Inbev UK had said that the strikes would have posed a threat to UK supplies of it Belgian-brewed brands if they had become prolonged.

The Reuters news agency quoted Kris Croonenborghs of the ABVV union as saying that the job cuts plan had been “withdrawn”, a demand made by the unions before agreeing to enter talks involving mediators.

Inbev Belgium said it had accepted the mediators’ recommendations and talks could begin.




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