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The job retention plan validated at SES

The staff delegations of the various entities of the European Satellite Company (SES) have reached an agreement with the management of the company to offer the staff affected by the restructuring a support project. The validity of this program is 2 years.

The staff delegations of the various entities of the European Satellite Company (SES) have reached an agreement with the management of the company to offer the staff affected by the restructuring a support project. The validity of this program is 2 years.

(ER) – After the withdrawal of the draft social plan on July 9, negotiations continued between the social partners and SES managers. They finally led on July 31 to an agreement on the establishment of a job retention plan (SME). An option which was the number one priority of the OGBL but also of the LCGB well “before any decision of social plan”.

If the first exchanges between unions and management of the satellite operator were somewhat difficult, this agreement is above all a relief for all staff.


30.5.2018 Luxembourg, Betzdorf, SES, Satellite, SES provides managed services for Galileo, signature, Ruy Pinto, André Bauerhin, Nicole Robinson and Etienne Schneider photo Anouk Antony

Begun on June 25, exchanges between unions and management of the satellite operator are described Thursday as “eventful” by the OGBL and LCGB. In question, the placement of certain staff representatives on the list of people affected by the social plan under negotiation.


“Subject to approval by official bodies, social measures such as pre-retirement adjustment, a training budget for potential external re-employment as well as an internal redeployment program to vacant posts (current and future) within the various entities of SES will be set up ”, specifies the union press release.

The implementation of the GPE and the application of the negotiated measures will be ensured by a monitoring committee, made up of members of the signatory delegations and members of management, which will meet on a regular basis.


SES CEO Steve Collar, Foto Lex Kleren

In its coalition agreement signed in December 2018, the government highlighted the importance of training and skills retraining. But in this case, the union considers that the Prime Minister “forgets his commitments in favor of maintaining employment”.


It should also be noted that the management of SES has undertaken to “undertake the necessary administrative procedures so that the employees concerned can benefit from state support measures such as temporary assistance for re-employment and assistance with hiring”.

As a reminder, SES announced at the end of May a restructuring with in particular the closure of some of its European offices. An operation that risked affecting between 10 and 15% of its staff. SES currently employs around 2,100 people across the world, including 600 in Luxembourg.


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