Sigma board hostages released

27th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2003, BRUSSELS – Board members at the Sigma Coatings paint factory in Manage were released in the early hours of Thursday morning after being held hostage for three days by angry workers following the announcement of 160 job cuts at the plant.

27 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Board members at the Sigma Coatings paint factory in Manage were released in the early hours of Thursday morning after being held hostage for three days by angry workers following the announcement of 160 job cuts at the plant.

Union members who led the protest released the seven men after a number of concessions were made, details of which have not been made public.

Sources say workers may now have the possibility of opting for early retirement from the age of 50.

The paint producer is planning to stop the production of certain types of paint at its Hainaut province factory, which will mean cutting the workforce in half.

A total of 95 blue-collar workers and 64 office staff will be made redundant in the near future, but unions fear the entire plant is due to be shut down.

A party of 50 workers and union militants demonstrated outside the Walloon government building following the release of the hostages. 

Unions and management met again later on Thursday, reportedly at a location other than the Sigma plant, and with different negotiators.

 


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Subject: Belgian news

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