A Belgian man sacked for sending joke emails has won his job back after 1,680 workmates walked out on strike in his support.

The man pasted the heads of three friends on naked images of Homer and Marge Simpson and emailed the pictures to workmates.

But the pictures made their way to the director of the steel company, Bekaert, who sacked the man on the spot, reports De Morgen.

All 1,680 workers staged a day’s strike in support of the man who had sent the emails to about 20 colleagues.