BASF workers call off strike
17 June 2005, BRUSSELS — Workers with chemical company BASF in Feluy voted to return to work on Friday after downing tools in protest against looming jobs cuts.
17 June 2005
BRUSSELS — Workers with chemical company BASF in Feluy voted to return to work on Friday after downing tools in protest against looming jobs cuts.
Staff also gave a mandate to union representatives to enter into negotiations with BASF management over a social plan to cushion the impact of the job cuts.
Some 300 workers are employed at the BASF plant in Feluy (near Brussels), 200 of which will be cut, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.
Unions and BASF entered into negotiations at 10am on Friday after unions were given an update on the company's finances and shrinking market share on Thursday.
BASF is facing tough competition in the plastics sector, primarily from Asia.
The job cuts come after Walloon Socialist leader Elio Di Rupo, called earlier this week for a 'Marshall Plan' to invigorate the stagnating economy of the French-speaking region of Belgium.
Concerns are growing about the reliance of Walloon on Flanders, the economically-stronger Dutch speaking region of Belgium.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news