EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Région Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijke Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Molenbeek


Sector: Health / social work
Residential care and social work activities
87.1 - Residential nursing care activities
Number Employed: 1970
Group: Armonea

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-04-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 107
Planned Job Reductions max: 114
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-04-2021

Additional Information

Armonea, a chain of care and nursing homes has announced that it will be closing one of its facilities in Molenbeek near Brussels. In total, approximately 140 residents will be obliged to move and between 107 to 114 employees are at the risk of losing their jobs. The main reasoning behind the closure is that the facility is outdated and no longer adheres to modern nursing home standards and that renovation would be too disruptive for residents and too expensive.

Trade unions believe that the company's decision to shut down the operation now are disrespectful towards their employees, as they have been under significant amounts of stress and danger throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.