The technology industry was experiencing a severe reduction in production in the regions of Hainaut, Limburg, Antwerp, and to a lesser degree, Luxemburg, according to a press release from Agoria, the technology sector employers’ federation. In Hainaut, work at large and medium size technology companies has almost come to a standstill. Blockades in most industrial zones mean many small and medium size companies are also suffering from a decrease in output. In the Luxemburg region only large companies have been affected.
In the region of Antwerp, several large technology companies are also at a standstill. Repercussions extend all the way to the Linkeroever district in East Flanders. In the Limburg region, barring a few exceptions, all companies have had to shut down. In both Antwerp and Limburg, small companies have hardly been affected by these strikes, according to Agoria.
It is mostly the large exporting companies competing with international firms which are paying a heavy price. In the wake of the November 6th protest movement, many companies will yet again see their output down 100%, warns Agoria. “You’d have to be quite the cynic to call this strike a success”, said Marc Lambotte, Agoria’s CEO. The federation insists that it believes employees and employers “need to deal with the issue of competitivness together, to convince new customers and to create new jobs.”