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Franz Fayot bends over to Guardian’s bedside

Faced with the restructuring announced, the Minister of the Economy encourages the company to invest in a new “green” installation. He says he is “ready to meet the leaders of the group in the United States” as soon as the health situation allows.

Jean-Francois COLIN

Jean-Francois COLIN

Faced with the restructuring announced, the Minister of the Economy encourages the company to invest in a new “green” installation. He says he is “ready to meet the leaders of the group in the United States” as soon as the health situation allows.

The announcement had the effect of a bomb last June. The American float glass producer Guardian announced the merger of its two Luxembourg sites Luxguard 1 and 2 in Bascharage and Dudelange for August. Since then, an (dilapidated) oven has been closed in the Forge du Sud, while the jobs of 201 of the 453 employees are now in the hot seat. Faced with what is looming as a social disaster in Luxembourg, Franz Fayot (LSAP), the Minister of the Economy stepped up to the plate on Monday.

Yes Guus Boekhoudt, Managing Director of Guardian Europe S.à r.l. assured last week that “there is no question of completely closing one of the two Luxembourg sites”, the socialist minister “encourages the group to invest in a new facility at the cutting edge of technological and environmental progress”.


Wirtschaft, Guardian, Luxgard Bartringen, Foto: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort

Guus Boekhoudt, Managing Director of Guardian Europe S.à r.l. confirms that the merger of the Bascharage and Dudelange factories should lead to the loss of around 200 jobs. However, he explains that this restructuring is not linked to the construction of a new site in Poland.


To do this, Franz Fayot intends to activate “the aid scheme for environmental protection”. It is then up to the company to comply even more with environmental standards. The goal would be to “produce glass with high added value, less sensitive to the vagaries of a market impacted by the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus.”

Eager to do everything possible, the minister said he was “ready to travel to the United States to meet the leaders of Guardian” as soon as the travel restrictions due to the health situation disappear. Franz Fayot intends to “convince them to keep or even consolidate the industrial footprint of the American group in Luxembourg”.

Countdown started

In the presence of representatives of the OGBL as well as company staff delegations, the Minister of the Economy underlined “the importance of social dialogue”. While the loss of around 200 jobs has been confirmed by management, the government “supports the benevolent use of the various instruments relating to the job retention plan”. By there, Franz Fayot and his colleague Dan Kersch (LSAP), Minister of Labor hear: pre-retirement adjustment, subsidization of re-qualification training as well as temporary loan of labor.

As a reminder, negotiations on the social plan at Guardian remain announced on September 2.


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