Several unscrupulous employees of Engie Belgium would have extended fixed contracts in favor of some of their colleagues, after the deadline set by management.
17 employees would have extended the fixed contracts of their colleagues and this while the supplier no longer authorized it for its customers since March. With soaring prices, Engie now only offers variable contracts. The spokesperson for Engie Belgium describes these fraudulent practices as “unethical”. All 17 employees were laid off. The Engie Electrabel unions had filed a strike notice before the announcement of the dismissal.
According to a spokeswoman for Engie Belgium, “irregular transactions” have been observed “in the contract management system” from 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. It is a question of a maximum of 17 Engie employees and “about fifty” disputed contracts.
Engie further stresses that, in general, its employees “give the best of themselves every day in an unprecedented market environment”.