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Engie employees accused of creating fraudulent fixed contracts

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Seventeen people are threatened with dismissal. Work stoppages are underway at several sites.

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PSeveral dishonest employees of Engie Belgium would have extended fixed contracts in favor of some of their colleagues and this, after the deadline set by the management, reports RTBF on Monday. The information was confirmed to the Belga agency by the energy supplier.

According to a spokeswoman for Engie Belgium, “irregular operations” were observed “in the contract management system” of the energy supplier. In concrete terms, contracts were created with a retroactive fixed price when this was not permitted.

Since March, in fact, and the surge in energy prices, in a context of high volatility, Engie no longer offers fixed contracts but only variable contracts to its customers.

There is talk of a maximum of 17 Engie employees and “about fifty” disputed contracts. The spokesperson for Engie Belgium describes these fraudulent practices as “unethical” but the company does not wish to give further details. We imagine, however, that the facts can constitute a reason for dismissal.

Engie also emphasizes that in general, its employees “give the best of themselves every day in an unprecedented market context”.

According to RTBF, work stoppages, particularly at the Gosselies and Ghent sites, were organized by the unions in response to threats of layoffs. On the side of Engie Electrabel, we confirm the filing by the unions of a strike notice.