Région Wallonne; Prov. Hainaut; Arr. Charleroi
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products

115 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 March 2008
Employment effect (start)
31 March 2008
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


The American group Commscope announced its intention to close its site located in Seneffe, Hainaut, Belgium, that employs 115 workers. According to the management, the site would not be anymore rentable in the new global context of the telecommunication sector. Commscope Europe manufactures in Belgium coaxial cables for television networks. After the announcement, trade unions and the 115 workers of the site went on strike to demand some guarantees about a potential purchaser of the site. The management will have to ensure the purchase of the site and the maintaining of a maximum of jobs. Throughout few days of negotiation between the trade unions and the management, Commscope finally agreed to keep the site in function until the purchase. The trade unions also proposed a social plan that forecast the workers would keep their years of service under the new buyer, a pre-retirement for workers older than 50 and grants for the workers who would voluntarily leave. The management will present its propositions for the beginning of April while a potential purchaser was already visiting the site one week after the closing announcement. At the end of 2008, no purchaser was found to invest on the plant. The plant closed and the 115 employees were made redundant.


  • 13 March 2008: Le Soir
  • 11 March 2008: La Dernière Heure
  • 22 March 2008: Le Soir


Eurofound (2008), Commscope Europe, Closure in Belgium, factsheet number 66419, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66419.