Workers of Belgium brewery on strike

Workers at an Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in eastern Belgium have taken their bosses hostage after an announcement of lay-offs at the world’s biggest brewer, local media reports.

“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.

RTBF radio reported that about 10 managers at the plant were being held in a meeting room in an office building located next to the plant.

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced on Thursday a tenth of the company’s 3000 employees in Belgium will be laid off due to declining beer consumption in the country.