Holcim announced Tuesday the closure of its site in La Hulpe and consolidation of its administrative and financial services for Belgium in Nivelles. This decision threatens 27 jobs.
"In Belgium, Holcim is facing increased competition in keeping prices under pressure in an already tight market. To ensure competitiveness, Holcim Belgium must act on the elements it can control," he said in a statement. The La Hulpe division has housed the Administration and Finance Directorate (DAF), the Directorate General Operations Cement (DGOC) and Internal Audit for France and Belgium. "As soon as possible, the activities shared by staff of the DAF in La Hulpe (general ledger, suppliers, banking & payment, taxation, management accounting and procurement) will be halted. The staff would be integrated with the administrative teams of Holcim Belgium and Holcim France. These teams will be based in Nivelles and location yet to be determined in France, " Holcim said.
As for the workers DGEC, they will be transferred to the offices of the Obourg plant near Mons, where services for internal audit are also based. "These measures would lead to the reclassification of 18 people at Nivelles and 18 Obourg. Unfortunately, at this point, no possibility of rehabilitation seemed to emerge for 27 people," concluded the company, promising to "make every effort to enable better social dialogue."