EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Arr. Mons; Prov. Hainaut; Région Wallonne
Location of affected unit(s): La Louvière


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
24.1 - Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys
Number Employed: 1357

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 25-10-2012
Planned Job Reductions min: 601
Planned Job Reductions max: 601
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 31-12-2012
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2013
Direct Dismissals: 601

Additional Information

The steel production joint-venture Duferco-NLMK announced its intention to cut 601 jobs in the plant of La Louvière.

Upon the announcement of this decision the workers reacted by blocking the entrance to the plant and called for temporary work stoppage. The unions stated they did not expect such a radical measure and that they will try to save as many jobs as possible. At the moment there is no official announcement regarding the possibility of a strike.

According to the management, the dismissals are necessary in order to reduce costs and remain competitive.

Updated, 27-09-2013: The Belgian authorities have applied for aid from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

European Globalisation Fund: 2013 / 07