ENCI threatened with strikes , The Netherlands

ENCI threatened with strikes , The Netherlands
Published: 07 February 2005

Dutch cement factory ENCI is threatened with strikes if the deliberations between trade unions and the company’s management about the announced restructuring have a negative outcome.

ENCI wants to close its stone oven in Maastricht, southern Netherlands, where a half-product of marl is being produced under high temperatures, and to cease marl extraction. As a result 220 jobs will be cut in Maastricht and 50 at branches in Rotterdam, Den Bosch and IJmuiden. According to an external consultancy, supported by trade unions, the job cuts could be reduced to 100, which can take place without forced redundancies. An improvement of the efficiency and keeping the stone oven open will result in a saving EUR4m, the external study showed. Further savings can be achieved through a decrease of fuel costs.