Sigma directors taken hostage

26th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

26 November 2003, BRUSSELS – Seven members of the board from the Sigma coatings paint factory in Manage have been held hostage by angry employees since Monday in an act of protest following the announcement of 160 job cuts at the plant.

26 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Seven members of the board from the Sigma coatings paint factory in Manage have been held hostage by angry employees since Monday in an act of protest following the announcement of 160 job cuts at the plant.

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.

All seven board members have been held in a conference room since Monday, with talks between management and union representatives reaching a total deadlock.

A court has ordered union members to release their hostages and end their picketing of the plant or face paying heavy penalties.

A warrant stating this however was not handed over to the hostage holders at Manage, as the process server did not have the names of union members responsible for the action in his possession.

Subject: Belgian news

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