Seventy-three Delhaize supermarkets are closed on Saturday due to staff strikes, a Delhaize spokesman confirmed on Saturday.
In early March, the supermarket’s management announced it wanted to franchise all of its 128 shops, prompting an outcry from trade unions and incomprehension among employees.
Since then, many of these supermarkets have remained closed, particularly in Brussels and Wallonia.
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All 22 shops in Brussels are closed on Saturday. In Wallonia only ten out of 41 opened, while in Flanders, 45 shops are open.
The unions are planning protests on Saturday in front of some forty Delhaize stores across the country, including the 22 located in Brussels. The workers’ representatives want to show their solidarity with the employees.
Customers are called upon to join these actions to show their support and will be invited to sign a petition.