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Delhaize’s Third Works Council: Unions Hope For Negotiations


Right now, from 9:30 am, the third works council will happen at Delhaize because the administration introduced plans to denationalise the 128 shops beneath its personal administration. The unions hope that after the tensions that ran excessive on the earlier two works councils and the parallel dialogue during which each events caught to their positions, there’ll now be a gap for actual negotiations. Within the meantime, all Brussels retailers stay closed beneath their very own administration.

“Let’s lastly see what is feasible on paper and what’s not. What may be mentioned and what not,” stated Wilson Wellens of the liberal commerce union ACLVB. In accordance with Wellens, the Delhaize administration “has not moved an inch but. There isn’t a room for negotiation, even when unions attempt to create it.”

Jan De Weghe of the socialist commerce union BBTK and Hilde Verhelst of ACV Voeding en Diensten additionally hope for a “sign from the employer” and a “small opening for actual negotiations” respectively.

In accordance with the administration, the wages and dealing situations will probably be maintained for employees who swap to an impartial operator, however the unions query this. We would like “actual negotiations,” says Wilson Wellens, ACLVB union secretary, forward of the works council.

In accordance with the unions, the perspective of the administration can even decide what occurs subsequent. “If the administration’s perspective stays the identical, individuals will grow to be much more offended and actions will definitely observe,” says Verhelst.

If the negotiations stay within the doldrums, there’s a chance {that a} social mediator will probably be despatched out. However “eventually the events concerned should sit across the desk”, the unions conclude.

Brussels Supermarkets Stay Closed

In the meantime, the strikes proceed.

Right now, for the third works council because the announcement of the plans, many workers once more got here to Zellik, the place Delhaize has a big distribution heart, amongst different issues. In accordance with the police on the spot, there are already a minimum of 500 to 600 individuals current. The three union colours are represented.

Greater than half of the shops beneath personal administration (64 of the 128 shops) will stay closed in the present day, Delhaize spokesman Roel Dekelver stated. In Brussels, all Delhaizes are closed beneath personal administration, in Wallonia solely 4 are open. In Flanders, most retailers are open, aside from six.

In accordance with Dekelver, there aren’t any issues on the distribution facilities on Tuesday morning.

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