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Delhaize staff warn of strike action as negotiations with management break down

09:42 13/09/2022

Staff at Delhaize supermarkets around Belgium have threatened to walk out on strike in an ongoing dispute over working conditions.

Two unions representing Delhaize employees have filed a strike notice after the latest round of negotiations with management ended in vain.

Workers are protesting about a reorganisation of working conditions, first introduced in 2019 to allow stores to be run more efficiently.

The new plan saw the creation of cross-functional teams which can be deployed to a broader range of jobs and departments within each store.

A mobile team was also set up, with workers posted to different stores based on staffing needs due to absence.

Two unions - Setca-BBTK and CGSLB-ACLVB - are not happy with the arrangements and have put forward alternative proposals, which Delhaize management have reportedly rejected.

A conciliation meeting took place on Monday, without reaching a solution. The unions involved say strike action will follow within two weeks if a compromise cannot be reached before then.

Written by The Bulletin