On Wednesday, the FGTB and CSC Unions said that the management of the energy provider ENI Belgium wants to get rid of 34 of its 280 employees. Most of the jobs threatened are at the company’s office in Brussels. According to the Unions, employees in IT, communication and accounting are the most under threat. These services will be moved to Italy, where ENI’s headquarters are located.
Their intention to sack multiple employees was announced a few weeks ago. “Up to now, the information had stayed internal”, say the Unions. “We have decided to make it public now as the management is not respecting the sector’s rules”, says Jan Van Wijngaerden, federal secretary for the FGTB-Gazelco.
The rules say that the company must first look at the possible solutions to re-orientate the activity within the company before moving it or sub-contracting it.
“Our aim is to reduce the number of people under threat to zero, through talking”, says Jurgen Geeroms, from the CSC. “We are mainly counting on a system of people leaving voluntarily and a solution for those aged over 55”.
The management of ENI Belgium was not available on Wednesday to comment on this information.