Netherlands - Unions deal with troubled retailer - May 31, 2017

The retail sector trade unions are confronted with a restructuring in the Blokker group. Blokker announced the closure of 100 branches in the coming year. Sister company Marskramer will close another 100. A total of 1,900 jobs will disappear at Blokker, Marskramer and at parent company Blokker Holding. About 400 stores will remain after this restructuring. The company plans to sell the branches, maintaining the employment of some 13,500 workers. Blokker agreed to a social plan with the unions. The Central Work Councils of the individual companies will be consulted on the announced measures.

English: http://nltimes.nl/2017/05/16/blokker-slash-2000-jobs-close-hundreds-shops ...  

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