Internal restructuring
Région Wallonne; Prov. Hainaut; Arr. Charleroi
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment

450 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 August 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


Sonaca, an aerospace construction company located in Gosselies in the south of Belgium is about to cut 450 jobs. 300 blue-collars and 150 white-collars could be concerned. The company is restructuring due to losses from poor performance over the last few years and the impact of the financial crisis. Through internal restructuring, the company expects to balance the level of activities (decreasing) and the number of workers employed. The Belgian trade unions claimed they will not accept any direct dismissals and expect the jobs lost will concern workers at the end of their career who should receive early retirement and workers with a fixed-term contract. The specifics of the dismissals should be discussed by the company and the trade unions during the next weeks.


  • 28 August 2009: Le Soir
  • 29 August 2009: L'Echo


Eurofound (2009), Sonaca, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 69494, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69494.