Belgium - Relocation and closure at Caterpillar - September 30, 2016

The management of Caterpillar has announced at a works council meeting that it will close its headquarters at Gosselies, Charleroi, in April 2017, and make all 2,200 workers redundant. A number of IndustriALL Global Union affiliates from the Caterpillar network (FGTB/ABVV-Metal and Centrale Nationale des Employés-CNE, ACV-CSC METEA, Fédération des Métallurgistes FGTB Hainaut-Namur and SETCA-BBTK - Syndicat des Employés, Techniciens et Cadres de Belgique) are meeting to determine a joint response. In a press release, Caterpillar announced that production will shift to Grenoble, France, and to other sites outside Europe. Caterpillar made the decision to reduce headcount to boost profit, and plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide by 2018. The company has already cut 30,000 jobs since 2012.

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