EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Location of affected unit(s): several locations in all regions


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating
Number Employed: 15000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 11-06-2014
Planned Job Reductions min: 2500
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Delhaize Group, a supermarket chain, announced a restructuring plan in which 14 stores are to be closed with the loss of 2500 post while wage and working conditions of the remaining personnel will be reviewed. The restructuring plan was announced in June 2014, but at the request of the trade unions, social negotiations were postponed until September. Little by little, it becomes clear that Delhaize is considering the option of giving the targeted stores the possibility to continue in a franchise agreement and that the remaining employees will have to suffer reductions in their salaries. Discussions are now more focusing on the salary reductions. Since 2 October, no more information has been given on the planned closures and/or job losses. No concrete information on the employment effect start is available yet.