Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Charleroi-Gosselies, Haren, Lumen
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment

321 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 February 2003
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2004
Foreseen end date
1 December 2004


Sabca, subsidiary of Dassault industries, will dismiss 321 jobs in different Belgian units. 141 will be lost at the Gosselies units, the rest at the units of Haren and Lumen.

The compromise between trade unions and management has been rejected twice by the personnel (vote of 58% negative in September and 75% in December). Following the second rejection in September, 12 people were already laid off at the Haren unit. The 10 workers fired at Christmas caused tension at the site of Gosselies; a strike occurred between January 5 and January 15. A social agreement was finally found on January 15 between workers and management.


  • 28 March 2003: Les Echos
  • 28 February 2003: Les Echos
  • 11 December 2003: Les Echos
  • 11 September 2003: Les Echos


Eurofound (2003), Sabca, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 59978, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59978.