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The fate of 274 workers is not yet determined

Labor Minister Dan Kersch gave some details on Tuesday about the reorganization that the steel giant intends to put in place in the Grand Duchy. More than 350 positions concern early retirement.

Labor Minister Dan Kersch gave some details on Tuesday about the reorganization that the steel giant intends to put in place in the Grand Duchy. More than 350 positions concern early retirement.

(ER) – After the first meeting, scheduled for Monday, between the unions, the management and the government, LSAP ministers Dan Kersch (Labor) and Franz Fayot (Economy) gave this Tuesday some details on the restructuring of ArcelorMittal and the 570 jobs threatened.

The Minister of Labor detailed the changes planned by the steel group: 87 positions concern early retirement, 30 pensions, 273 adjustment early retirement but also 37 other departures. Note also that 123 new hires are on the agenda but also 274 people whose fate has not yet been determined.


Stahlwerk von Arcelor-Mittal in Differdingen

A few days after the announcement of the world number one in steel to cut more than 570 jobs, the meeting between union representatives, management and the government enabled “a first exchange of views” to be set up.


Dan Kersch also recalled the establishment of a monitoring committee with the Ministries of the Economy and Labor. An official steel tripartite proposal is expected to be announced on Wednesday.

The possibility of a possible plan to maintain employment was mentioned, a hypothesis that the Minister of Labor considered as one of the consequences of the tripartite. The idea of ​​a social plan also worries a lot of observers. Some have the feeling that the company is ready to lay off a number of employees to force the state to open its funds to support those affected.


A day with a Couleur-Giesser, Chez Arcelor Mittal, Stahlwerk, Siderurgie, Stahlindustrie in Esch-sur-Alzette, December 06, 2016. Photo: Chris Karaba

Already impacted by a volatile market, the world number one in steel announces this Thursday that it wants to put in place “savings measures” at the level of its staff. Several hundred people could lose their jobs.


Within the Chamber, many deputies have their incomprehension as to the will of the company “to recruit a certain number of profiles even though the workforce is reduced”. Others point to the fact that, according to them, this information tends to confirm that ArcelorMittal is trying to take advantage of the current crisis to restructure with state funds. In conclusion, Dan Kersch reaffirmed “that no site or production line will be closed in Luxembourg”.

As a reminder, the steel company announced last week its intention to reduce its overall workforce in Luxembourg by 570 positions. The Luxembourg branch of the steel giant evokes a crisis situation (taxes in the United States, Asian competition, compliance with carbon emissions standards, etc.).


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