DHL workers demonstrate for jobs
29 October 2004, BRUSSELS – DHL workers took to the streets of Brussels Friday in protest at planned job cuts at the courier firm's Belgian hub.
29 October 2004
BRUSSELS – DHL workers took to the streets of Brussels Friday in protest at planned job cuts at the courier firm's Belgian hub.
They were joined by postal workers and Volkswagen staff, bringing the number of demonstrators to several thousand.
The demonstration, dubbed 'the march for employment', began at 8am at Gare du Nord and proceeded to Rue de la Loi.
DHL unions are demanding that Belgian jobs be guaranteed after 2008.
The firm's management announced last week that around 1700 jobs would be lost from 2008 because the courrier had decided to scrap its plans to make Belgium its intercontinental hub.
DHL had lost patience with the Belgian government over its objections to the proposed hub.
The firm will now relocate to Germany or France, leaving many Belgian workers without jobs.
Staff were also demonstrating on Friday for legal guarantees that would permit reasonable growth at the airport.
Residents protests groups near to Brussels Zaventem airport are strongly opposed to any form of expansion that would increase night flights.
But for DHL unions, job security "is the best way to guarantee sleep at night."
"DHL and the Belgian executive have failed in the negotiations which should have assured new jobs at the airport," said a statement.
"This is not only bad news for DHL employees but also for those who will lose their jobs at the airport and its surroundings, in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia."
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Belgian news