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Post date: 12/09/2011 - 06:15

New collective labour agreement at AB InBev

Thu 08/12/2011 - 12:58
Management and the trade unions at the Leuven (Flemish Brabant) – based drinks company AB InBev have reached agreement on a new collective labour agreement for the company’s blue collar workers. The agreement came after a marathon round of talks.
On Wednesday, workers at almost all AB In Bev sites downed tools because the talks had broken down. They resumed work today.

The main bone of contention was the union’s demand for salary guaranties over the coming year and for guarantees around job security. The unions have now been given such guarantees.

Thu 08/12/2011 - 12:58
Management and the trade unions at the Leuven (Flemish Brabant) – based drinks company AB InBev have reached agreement on a new collective labour agreement for the company’s blue collar workers. The agreement came after a marathon round of talks.
On Wednesday, workers at almost all AB In Bev sites downed tools because the talks had broken down. They resumed work today.

The main bone of contention was the union’s demand for salary guaranties over the coming year and for guarantees around job security. The unions have now been given such guarantees.

"The agreement now covers the period up until 2014. Blue-collar workers that lose their jobs for economic reasons in 2012 will be given 36 months’ wages. Those that fall foul of restructuring in 2013 will be given severance pay equivalent to 24 months’ wages, while anyone made redundant in 2014 will be given 18 months’ wages”, Kris Croonenborghs of the socialist trade union told the VRT.

Kris Van Autgaerden of the Christian trades union believes that the agreement will make AB Inbev think twice before restructuring.

It was also agreed that blue and white collar staff will be treated the same if the company decides to restructure in the future.

"A strong agreement with a number of useful advantages”
Management is also pleased with the accord. In a statement AB InBev said that “The management believes that workers at AB InBev can fall back on a strong accord with a number of useful extra advantages.

Management adds that wages at AB InBev will rise by 7% during the period 2011-2012.