Internal restructuring
Région Wallonne; Prov. Hainaut; Arr. Charleroi
Location of affected unit(s)
Châtelet, Charleroi, Hainaut
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery And Equipment
25 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment

150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 March 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 April 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


ArcelorMittal is to stop the activities at its site "la decaperie de la Praye," specialised in the stripping of stainless carbon, employing 150 people in Châtelet. The stripping site, which was already suspended and its employees temporarily unemployed, will temporarily stop all these activities for at least two years.  However, the management did not forecast any direct dismissals. 38 workers could leave the company thanks to early retirement, 10 could leave voluntary the company while the others should be placed on other sites. ArcelorMittal is facing an important decrease in demand and is severely indebted. The trade unions are pessimistic concerning a re-launch of the site when the demand will increase.


  • 19 March 2009: Le Soir
  • 19 March 2009: La Libre Belgique


Eurofound (2009), ArcelorMittal, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 68604, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68604.