Fired AB-InBev Workers In Belgium Took Their Bosses Hostage


Angry Belgian brewers took hostages and burned pallets in the street - PHOTO BY REUTERS VIA BRISBANE TIMES
  • photo by Reuters via Brisbane Times
  • Angry Belgian brewers took hostages and burned pallets in the street
Yesterday, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that nearly 800 workers in Belgium and Germany -- ten percent of the company's European workforce -- were about to lose their jobs in a cost-cutting measure.

Angry employees at a brewery in eastern Belgium responded by taking ten plant managers hostage.

Via the Brisbane Times:
"We are demanding that the (company's) senior managers come here and call off the lay-offs," Marc Devenne, a union representative was quoted as saying by the Belga news agency.

RTBF radio reported that about 10 managers at the plant were being held in a meeting room in an office building located next to the plant.
Now that is a strong union response.

In a somewhat happy ending, Britain-based SkyNews reports that the Belgian plant managers have all been released.


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