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Social plan seriously reduced to Guardian

The glass manufacturer would no longer foresee 201 job cuts but 62 after a month of negotiations. But if the OGBL still calls for a period of consultation, the management now wants to trigger the social plan.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The glass manufacturer would no longer foresee 201 job cuts but 62 after a month of negotiations. But if the OGBL still calls for a period of consultation, the management now wants to trigger the social plan.

On August 24, the Minister of the Economy himself received a delegation of Guardian staff. A meeting at the end of which, Franz Fayot (LSAP) did not hide his desire to influence the managers of the company so that they review their staff reduction strategy. It was then a question of removing 201 positions from the staff of the glass specialist previously installed on two installations: Dudelange and Bascharage.

Has the government’s pressure surge paid off? Not so sure, but still is it that Monday, according to The Daily, the discussion between the management and the OGBL union only concerned the dismissal of 62 employees out of the 450 employed by the firm in Luxembourg. The negotiations, opened since September 2, do not seem to relate to the proposal made by Minister de Fayot to see Guardian reorient its production on the national territory, rather than considering the outright closure of a of its sites (Dudelange).


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Involved in the negotiations, Alain Rolling is however hardly satisfied with the round table with the representatives of the company. Because if the reduction in staff has been revised downwards, it is, according to the deputy central secretary of the OGBL, mainly due to the work of the union. This one multiplying the tracks to avoid any social breakage. The management was visibly much less responsive and open to dialogue.

Moreover, for the time being, it has rejected the OGBL’s request to extend the job retention plan (signed as part of the social plan) until 2025. A solution which would nevertheless make it possible to place 50 employees in early retirement and therefore avoid increasing the number of layoffs accordingly. Even refusal to the proposal to extend for a month the negotiations on the impacts of the economic choices of Guardian.

Also, Alain Rolling has already made it known that he intends to get closer to the Ministers of Economy and Labor (Dan Kersch – LSAP) to make the industrial group, established in Luxembourg, for 39 years, listen to reason.


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