Since Friday last week there is strike action by workers of Agfa-Materials (the chemical part of the campany).
Recently there had been job cuts world wide at Agfa. The cause for that strike though is rather a decrease and stop of automatism of the so-called bridge-pension for flemish workers who leave the plants before their pension-proper.
Due to that strike all workers received a letter from Materials explaining the decrease in interest for film produducts and Agfa's countermeasure to have moved their interest to to digital products meanwhile and for Materials to gather as much market share (including from competitors) as possible to slow down the decrease in production.
The workers are addressed to stabilize the gained equilibrium by tolerating cuts in their income/pernsion. Furthermore Agfa would not have any interest at the moment in allowing someone to go into bridge-pension. And any strike action wou´ld endanger the gained market share.
Yesterday action evolved into blocking the plants. The management reacted by advising all employees to go home for that day and the next. Servants are said to have joined the strike.
(The flemish part in contrast to the german one has a history of strike sction.)