While the workers had been taking turns since Thursday morning in front of the door of the office of the director of the Logistics Nivelles site in order to exert pressure to obtain a detailed statement of their leave allowances, this director was able to leave the premises without incident, around 6 p.m., noted the Belga agency.
The director would have indicated that more precise counts were going to be communicated to the staff to be made redundant by next Monday.
On the union side, the instruction was not to give in to provocations and avoid violence, while CNE and FGTB believe that the management of Kuehne + Nagel is doing everything to push the workers to the limit before the complete closure of the site, scheduled for mid -november. For several days, tension has been mounting on the spot, the staff who are to be made redundant failing to obtain an accurate count of the severance pay, while the overall amounts do not always correspond to the projections which had been made in June, at the conclusion of the social plan.
“It’s outrageous for such a multinational to treat workers like this“
At the same time, the management asks the workers to sign an individual agreement, certain clauses of which would prevent them from claiming new amounts later. The unions, in the afternoon, sought, in vain, the Social Inspectorate.
After a day of dialogue of the deaf, the director of the site that the workers blocked in his office to try to obtain the documents allowing them to control the amounts of compensation which will be granted to them left the premises. For the permanent CNE Didier Lebbe, the methods used by management aim to push workers to make mistakes. “The goal is to provoke violence, it’s outrageous for such a multinational to treat workers like this“.
The union official adds that he has requested conciliation in a joint committee to settle a concern about the calculation of seniority for certain categories of workers, the principles applied by management not seeming to comply with the law in force.