Strike freezes J&J's Belgian ops

Belgian employees upset about Johnson & Johnson's restructuring (and the subsequent layoffs) have gone on strike. The company's Belgian unit, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, has been shut down by the strikers, who are blocking entrances at all four of its facilities.

Workers are striking to protest a severance package offered to the 500-plus employees slated to be laid off. The workers rejected the offer Thursday, and their trade union then initiated the strike this morning. A company spokesperson said no negotiations are now taking place, and there's no word when talks might resume.

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