A-B InBev prefers dialogue to court action

A-B InBev prefers dialogue to court action

Anheuser-Busch InBev has secured a court order to end worker blockades on its breweries in Belgium.

A spokesperson for the brewer confirmed to just-drinks this afternoon (18 January) that it has obtained a court injunction to forcibly end the blockades on the breweries at at Jupille and Leuven.

But, she said that A-B InBev "would like to emphasise that InBev Belgium prefers and maintains its belief in a constructive social dialogue as the right way to find a solution, in the interest of its employees, clients and the company itself".

The brewer will meet with trade unions and the Government's mediator body tomorrow in an attempt to end the deadlock.

Workers blockaded the entrance to the breweries last week, after A-B InBev informed them that it may have to shed 10% of its Belgian workforce due to falling demand for beer in the country.

"It is no longer possible to supply the breweries with raw materials or packaging materials,” an A-B InBev spokesperson told just-drinks on Friday.

Bars and retailers may run out of stock of the group's beers, such as Stella Artois and Jupiler, if the matter is not resolved within days, the spokesperson added.