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A social plan hangs over BCD Travel

The travel agency wishes to part with ten employees for economic reasons out of its forty employees in Luxembourg. The collapse of the tourist sector being the cause of these planned layoffs.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The travel agency wishes to part with ten employees for economic reasons out of its forty employees in Luxembourg. The collapse of the tourist sector being the cause of these planned layoffs.

Travel agency BCD Travel, which specializes in business travel, has indicated that it is committing to a social plan. If the company has benefited from partial unemployment measures since March, the fall in activities in the tourism sector or the displacement of businessmen, does not allow it to consider the future with so many staff.

Also, out of 40 employees, “the local management has announced that it wishes to separate about a quarter for economic reasons”. The OGBL, the only union represented in the company, notes that this is the maximum ceiling for redundancies that can currently be claimed by a company in a sector deemed “vulnerable”. On Thursday, moreover, the Ministers of Labor and the Economy presented the new terms of layoffs which will be regulated differently from January 1, 2021, in particular for those involved in tourism, hospitality or events.


Worker sweeping concrete floor in empty warehouse.

Preserving employment and helping businesses rebound: the objectives announced on Friday by the Minister of the Economy have not changed. Only the calendar benefits from an extension until the end of 2021 for certain supports.


Whereas eleven days ago, an agreement was reached on the fate reserved for employees of Luxair, CargoLux and LuxAirport, this is further proof of the difficulties experienced by the travel sector.

In the negotiations initiated between the management, the staff delegation and the OGBL, particular emphasis will be placed “on social support measures so that the employees in question can face the coming months which are more than uncertain”, and the difficulties that lie ahead for them to find a job in their current sector of activity. Hence the expectations in terms of training as well as extra-legal financial compensation for personnel who may have disembarked.

For a sector plan

Last July, the OGBL sent a request to the Luxembourg Travel Agencies Union (ULAV) to negotiate a sectoral job retention plan. “Mail remained unanswered”, according to the union. However, in the eyes of the latter, this instrument could give travel agencies the necessary means to offer a range of instruments to guarantee continued employment, “such as the temporary loan of labor, early retirement. adjustment, voluntary adjustments to working hours, training and re-employment possibilities ”

The announcement of the social plan at BCD comes at the same time as the presentation of unemployment figures in Luxembourg. The latest ADEM data thus indicate 17,971 job seekers currently registered in Luxembourg.


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