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