Workers at an Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in eastern Belgium briefly took some bosses hostage after the world’s largest brewery announced layoffs, local media reported.
The company will cut 800 jobs across western Europe, 10% of its 8,000 workforce in the region. It said the move was a response to falling beer sales, with the layoffs spread across Belgium, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
RTBF radio reported that about 10 managers at the Jupiler brewery were held in a meeting room in an office building located next to the plant.
“We are demanding that the (company’s) senior managers come here and call off the lay-offs,” Marc Devenne, a union representative was quoted as saying by the Belga news agency. Denis Gobert, another union spokesman, later said the managers had been released.
Anheuser-Busch InBev was formed in 2008 when Belgium-based InBev bought Anheuser-Busch.