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Old 23rd January 2010, 17:52
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Well, the people in Jupille did a boss-napping. At all the sites where people would be fired, unions blocked the gates, preventing beer to get out.
That was a pretty good tactic, since they let workers in and out, so it wasn't a strike and people still got paid, but the pressure was put on the managament pretty hard. They got loads of support from locals, people would bring wood to keep a fire going, couches to sit on and people from other breweries brought beer, because, well, blockading for that long gets boring.
A lot of people were pretty pissed, since AB-inbev isn't doing bad at all, they keep making huge profits and even gave over 1 billion euros in bonusses (on top of their usual paychecks!) to top managers.

Over the days, the tensions rose between management and workers, managament went to court, asking to forcefully remove the blockades, in Jupille the judge decided against this, but in Leuven, the judge said the blockade could be lifted by the cops if the management wanted to. It didn't get to that however.

Eventually, after almost two weeks of blocking the gates, the management decided they wouldn't fire any of the 300 people!

Friday (yesterday) unions and supporters showed Moore's 'Capitalism: a love story' at the station near the brewery. It was supposed to be at the picket, but since there was no picket needed anymore, they showed it at the station.

Anyway, a great victory.
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