The production of the American chemical company Ashland in Doel has been suspended since Friday, December 11th, due to a general staff strike. This is confirmed by the socialist union ABVV. Discussions about the intention to cut 39 of the 160 jobs have stalled.
The strike broke out after management filed a letter of intent to cut 39 jobs. This as part of a savings plan at the American headquarters to reduce wage costs. The Renault process has started, but according to ABVV secretary Robby Van Stappen, employees are demanding that the intent be discarded entirely.
“We had the last contact with management on Wednesday last week,” says Van Stappen. “Since then we’ve been at a dead end. We are waiting for an invitation from management to find a job. “
At the Doel site, where chemical products are manufactured that are used, among other things, in the construction, food and pharmaceutical sectors, production was suspended for around ten days. Some managers are still working in the factory to ensure the safety of the processes.