About 1,000 jobs are threatened at BNP Paribas Fortis, the socialist union SETCA warned on Wednesday, noting that while some 800 of these workers will go on early retirement, an internal solution needs to be found for the remaining 200. Every two years, the BNP Paribas Fortis unions and management negotiate a collective labour agreement on the bank’s workforce. However, for 2019-2020, the bank wants to link these negotiations to another text on a new organisation of work.
This was opposed by SETCA as well as the liberal federation, CSSLB. The LBC, which represents mainly white-collar private-sector workers, has no objection to it.
On Monday evening, the bank group’s CEO, Max Jadot, confirmed that it had decided to slash its workforce by about 2,500 in less than three years.
However, SETCA argued that “while many of these departures could occur naturally, a solution needed to be found for about 1,000 persons, otherwise these would simply be dismissals.”
The socialist union thus decided to sign the two texts to avoid a social drama. A solution now needs to be found for the remaining 200 employees, it noted.