Machelen / Diegem / Deurne –
Four of the six Belgian stores opened on Saturday in the Makro chain. There is a personnel campaign in Machelen and Deurne and the doors remain closed according to management. At Makro, there has been a social conflict over a new savings plan for some time.
On Friday it sounded to the liberal union, which had given management an ultimatum that all stores would likely be open that weekend. After all, the unions no longer called for a strike because they decided to take a seat at the negotiating table on Thursday. But the unions did not rule out local action, and that now appears to be the case.
Deurne and Machelen’s shops were closed on Saturday “to our surprise,” says CEO Vincent Nolf, because the three union groups accepted the invitation to negotiate. “There is a dialogue. We are surprised that two branches were closed. “According to the CEO, these are measures” on your own initiative “. Management sees it as a local problem rather than a response to the savings plans. For example, the CEO points to the social conflict that has existed in Machelen for some time.
Macro’s management announced a week ago that it won’t be renewing 100 to 200 fixed-term contracts in the coming year and is making a number of changes across its six branches (Deurne, Eke, Machelen, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Alleur and Lodelin species). For example, there is the introduction of self-scanning registers and a simplification of the internal organizational structure. The unions said they weren’t necessarily against the plan, but they wanted to be able to negotiate on it.
There have been strikes in several shops since the announcement. The branch in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw was closed on Wednesday.