Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
47 - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

100 - 200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 September 2020
Employment effect (start)
31 October 2020
Foreseen end date


Makro, a chain of large retail stores with six units in Belgium, has announced it will not renew contracts of approximately 200 of its temporary employees. The company management is seeking to cut back on costs as the chain is faced with significant losses. In addition some changes will be introduced in different stores, including self-scanning checkouts.

Throughout the weeks following the announcement there were strikes in different stores of the chain. Trade unions state that the restructuring plans were embarked upon without consultation and that company management is not willing to negotiate with them regarding the changes they propose and the termination of the contracts.



Eurofound (2020), Makro, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 102068, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102068.