The strike of the employees of Dutch cement factory ENCI in Maastricht, Rotterdam and IJmuiden has ended after an agreement between the management and the trade unions on the planned restructuring, it was reported on February 21, 2005.
ENCI employees went on strike on February 14, 2005. Under the agreement the planned job cuts will be reduced to 170 from 270.
ENCI parent company, German HeidelbergCement, planned to close the stone oven in Maastricht, southern Netherlands, as well as to cease marl extraction. Trade unions and ENCI management agreed that the stone oven will remain open until the end of 2009. In the middle of 2007 the company will study whether the further operations of the stone oven are feasible and whether it can be used for other purposes.