Internal restructuring
Vlaams Gewest; Prov. Antwerpen; Arr. Antwerpen
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26.3 - Manufacture of communication equipment

185 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 January 2012
Employment effect (start)
26 January 2012
Foreseen end date
31 December 2012


Alcatel-Lucent, a global telecommunications operation, informed their Works Council about the intention to reduce its Belgian workforce by 185.

This is part of a wider restructuring programme with the intention to reduce its European workforce by 1,650-1,800 in 2012. According to the unions, 250 to 300 jobs losses will be lost in Belgium (with a current workforce of 1,712 employees), another 150 to 200 job cutsĀ out of 3,483 employees will affect Germany, between 450 to 500 salaried positions will be eliminated in Italy out of 2,087 employees, another 100 jobs will be lost in Spain out of 920 employees, and finally 150 jobs will be lost in Great Britain and Ireland out of a total of 1,484 employees.

In a second Works Council held at Alcatel-Lucent in Antwerp (Belgium), during which the unions were able to obtain more information about saving measures, it transpired that 185 jobs are at risk in Belgium.

The management promised to make every effort to ensure that affected employees find a job within the company. Bargaining between the Alcatel management and the unions will continue over the coming months.


  • 28 January 2012: L'Echo
  • 26 January 2012: L'Echo


Eurofound (2012), Alcatel-Lucent, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 73054, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73054.