Belgium - Caterpillar workers mobilised for social plan negotiations - February 28, 2017

Last September the management of Caterpillar announced at a works council meeting the plan to close its headquarters at Gosselies, Charleroi, in April 2017, and make all 2,200 workers redundant (see our CBN archive). The trade unions have started to mobilise the workforce in an attempt to negotiate a decent social plan. The unions participate also in talks about a future reconversion and regeneration of the premises and the current location at Gosselies. After a period of tough negotiations, a draft social plan that will be balloted was reached. The draft includes the conditions for dismissal as well as provisions that guarantee the continuation of production and delivery until the final closure.   

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