EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Arr. Antwerpen; Prov. Antwerpen; Vlaams Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Wilrijk


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56 - Food and beverage service activities
Number Employed: 640

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 25-09-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 134
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Aramark, a Belgian firm specialised in catering services, has announced it wil dismiss 134 of its 640 employees. According to the company management the effort is needed for the company to continue in the future. Because of the Covid-19 crisis many employees across the country work from home on a regular basis. In addition, eating in cafetarias is often not allowed due to increased infection risk. Because of this, the need for catering services at workplaces has declined significantly. Trade union representatives at the company however fear that the company management will use these changes as a way to introduce more flexible and cheaper workers, reducing overall job quality. In total 25 white collar workers and 109 blue collar workers are at risk of losing their jobs.