Belgium - Massive job cuts at Medtronic - February 28, 2018

The closure of a logistic plant, part of Medtronic - one of the largest medical technology companies, will lead to a loss of almost 400 jobs by mid-2018. A spokesperson of the company said that an effort is made to relocate the workers to another plant in Heerlen, in the Dutch neighbouring region. Currently, information and consultation procedures take place that are based on the so-called Renault-Bill (referring to the notorious closure of a Renault plant at Vilvoorde). The announcement did not take the unions by surprise, but nevertheless, they see the company’s decision as the ‘worst case scenario’.  

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