More than 100 stores owned by Delhaize in Belgium were unable to open Friday after employees at the company called a wildcat strike to protest the retailer’s proposed restructuring, reports said.
Warehouse workers walked off the job Thursday after union representatives received word of a proposal from Delhaize that would save jobs but eliminate pay for worker breaks and reduce leave, reports said.
The proposal was revised from a June restructuring plan that would have eliminated around 2,500 jobs and close 14 stores.
Delhaize officials have said the company is beset by a higher cost structure than its peers in Belgium, as detailed in this slide at right presented at the retailer’s most recent financial conference call in August.
Striking workers reportedly have blocked the entrance to two Belgium warehouses.
The below Tweet from a Belgian news site shows a photograph of striking workers wearing a sign that translates to “We are all on sale.”
Delhaize officials were not immediately available for comment Friday. One newspaper said a spokesman said the disruption “will have huge economic repercussions for the company.”