Production at the Polish Wyborowa distillery, owned by Pernod Ricard, has been suspended after nine workers began a hunger strike and 80 others, 25% of the total workforce, went on sick leave, according to a report by Agence France Presse.

The hunger strikers, who are protesting against a restructuring plan announced by the spirits producer, began their action on Wednesday at the distillery in Poznan, in the west of the country. The restructuring plan would result in almost half of the distillery's workforce being made redundant.

"We plan to lay off 119 people out of the 248 factory employees at Poznan," Wyborowa's vice president Andrzej Szumowski told AFP Friday. "We are open to negotiation, as soon as the unions give us some serious proposals on how to resolve this conflict. Up to now they have asked for compensation payment of up to 24 months' wages, which we cannot accept."