Belgium - Aldi workers stop Sunday opening -March 05, 2014

Workers at Aldi managed to stop plans to open the supermarket´s coastal stores on Sundays and public holidays during the tourist season and school holidays. Aldi management announced its intention to open the stores on Sundays in the beginning of February. The supermarket offered higher wages for work on Sundays as well as stating that no employee would be forced to take Sunday shifts. A trade union survey indicated that 99% of the staff did not want to work on Sundays. In subsequent negotiations trade union representatives positioned themselves fervently against Sunday openings and the proposal was withdrawn.



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