EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Raffinerie Tirlemontoise

Raffinerie Tirlemontoise

Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Location of affected unit(s): Brugelette, Genappe


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.81 - Manufacture of sugar
Group: Südzucker

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 05-02-2004
Planned Job Reductions min: 150
Planned Job Reductions max: 150
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Other Job Reduction Measures: 150

Additional Information

The Raffinerie Tirlemontoise produces sugar. In February 2004, the management announced a restructuring plan implying the closure of the Genappe site (employing 48) and the dismissal of 150 workers, without direct dismissals. In April, an agreement was reached between management, the Ministry of Employment and the workers. The job cuts will be achieved through early retirement measures in the four sites of the company. Workers aged 52 and more may apply for this scheme. 141 workers are concerned (71 in Tirlemont, 21 in Brugelette, 16 at Genappe and 33 in Wanze). The site of Genappe will close in the beginning of 2005; its workers will be redeployed in the other sites of the company. A conversion of the industrial site is considered, towards the production of biofuel.