Heineken's Belgian plant blockade lifted

BRUSSELS, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Workers at a Belgian unit of Dutch brewer Heineken NV HEIN.AS reached an agreement on job cuts late on Monday, ending a five-day blockade of a plant in northeastern Belgium, the brewery said on Tuesday.

The Alken Maes brewery had wanted to cut 43 of the 230 jobs at the plant, but unions protested against the plans.

Last Thursday they sealed off the entrance, preventing supplies of Maes and Cristal lagers as well as specialist beers from being delivered to supermarkets. [ID:nLDE60R0WL]

“Management has said there will be no forced redundancies, which was our principal demand,” a trade union spokeswoman said.

She said the blockade had been lifted earlier on Tuesday morning. (Reporting by Antonia van de Velde, editing by Will Waterman)