Belgium - Unions try to save jobs at bulb factory - January 01, 2017

The Tienen-based lamp factory Sylvania has to close. 170 jobs will be axed in the process, but trades unions want to save as many jobs as possible. Most employees are on average over 50 years of age, and have worked an average of 29 years at the factory. They are afraid of their future. The first talks between the unions and the management led to the conclusion that the planned translocation will lead to a loss of 170 of the current 200 jobs. So far, it is not clear to which location abroad the activities will be transferred. 

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