Two Delhaize franchise shops in Brussels were defaced with paint on Monday night, a spokesperson of the supermarket chain confirmed.
The façades of the two shops were daubed with an array of slogans criticising the management, with the Delhaize spokesperson denouncing the act as "pure vandalism". The affected shops nevertheless remain open on Tuesday.
This is not the first time the supermarket chain's shops have been vandalised. In recent weeks and months, attacks have included graffiti on façades, blocking locks, breaking windows and puncturing van tyres.
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Social conflict is ongoing at Delhaize after the chain announced its intention to franchise its 128 own shops. Unions kept supermarkets closed for weeks in opposition to what they fear will result in decreased working conditions and wages of their members. However, under a strike ban requested by Delahize and granted by the court, those actions have since died out.
Reconciliation talks between unions and management are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.