EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

AGC Automotive

Company/Organisation:
AGC Automotive

Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Prov. Hainaut; Région Wallonne
Location of affected unit(s): Fleurus

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
Number Employed: 558
Group: Asahi Glass

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 29-03-2007
Planned Job Reductions min: 170
Planned Job Reductions max: 170
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 30-03-2007
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2007
Direct Dismissals: 124
Other Job Reduction Measures: 46

Additional Information

Trade unions and the management had finally reach an agreement on the number of direct dismissals and other reduction measures such as retirement. 124 people will be dismissed from the end of July until the end of the year and after the restructuration 388 workers will remain on the Fleurus site. The management of AGC Automotive, subsidiary of the Japanese group Asahi Glass based in Fleurus in the French-speaking part of Belgium, announced its intention to proceed to a restructuring that will concern 381 workers. AGC Automotive, manufacturing windscreens, had already prominent collective redundancies in the past. In 2004, 249 jobs had been suppressed after a 105 days strike. For now, no strike notice has been announced by the unions trying to propose alternative solutions and to place the workers who will lose their job in other subsidiaries of the group. At present, the department that is most concerned by the redundancies is the tempered glass sector, not competitive enough in comparison to other glass manufacturers. The management explained its decision by the bad economical context in the automobile sector, the poor technical results in 2006 and the failure to reach the objectives fixed after the first restructuring.