Aperam Genk will close for a week

Aperam Genk will close for a week
Aperam Genk will close for a week

The Genk factory of the stainless steel group Aperam is the first Belgian company to indicate that it wants to make use of the new system of temporary unemployment in the context of the energy crisis. The federal government decided only last Friday to introduce this from 1 October.

The management is making the request in response to the complete closure of the factory between October 28 and November 2. The chief executive of Aperam’s European factories, Bernard Hallemans, confirmed the temporary closure and the request to The standard. In the case of temporary unemployment due to the energy crisis, the unemployment benefit is slightly higher. The affected employees will then receive 70 percent instead of 65 percent of their wages plus an employer’s allowance.

The unions were told by the management of Aperam Genk that the factory will be temporarily shut down due to the high energy costs. Aperam Genk consumes a lot of electricity in the production of stainless steel. Electricity prices, like gas prices, have risen sharply.

first of many

“We fear that this could be the start of a series of shutdowns,” says Nico Vanardennen (ABVV). Carolien Groenendaels (ACV) believes that the management should provide the 1,272 employees of Aperam Genk with more clarity about this.

At the end of August, Aperam decided to reduce the production of stainless steel at its Limburg location. Since then, about half of the nearly 900 workers have been stamping.

The article is in Dutch


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