Closures and blockades as Lidl strikes enter sixth day

Summary

There is no clear indication of when the industrial action by supermarket staff will end, with an agreement rejected by the socialist unions last week

100 stores closed

Staff at the discount supermarket Lidl are entering their sixth day of strikes in Belgium in protest against work pressure.

The strike action began with the French-speaking socialist union last Wednesday, with their Flemish colleagues following suit out of solidarity. An agreement on Friday between management and the Christian and liberal unions was vetoed by the socialist union, Flanders News reports.

More than 100 stores remain closed today across the country and workers have blockaded all five of the chain’s distribution centres, including in Genk, Wevelgem and Sint-Niklaas. Goods traffic is allowed to enter but vehicles are only being allowed to leave if they are empty. As a result, the stores that are open are not fully stocked.

Photo: Staff at Lidl in Genk protest against work pressures this morning
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