Internal restructuring
Région Wallonne; Prov. Hainaut; Arr. Charleroi
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.92 - Manufacture of machinery for mining, quarrying and construction
European Globalisation Fund (EGF)
Year: 2015, Case number: 12

1,400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 February 2013
Employment effect (start)
31 May 2013
Foreseen end date
31 March 2015


Caterpillar, American manufacturer of machinery and earthmoving equipment, announced its intention to cut 1,400 jobs at its plant in Gosselies. Some sources state that 1,100 of these job cuts will concern blue-collar workers and 300 will affect white-collar staff.

According to the management, the decision was necessary to ensure the competitiveness of the plant. At the same time the unions are strongly opposing the closure, branding it “a social drama”. Further negotiations between management and unions are envisioned.

There has been great political interest in the redundancies at Caterpillar Gosselies and representatives of different levels of government have met the unions and management. According to media reports the Belgian Prime Minister has voiced his deep concern for the reasons behind the restructuring, questioning arguments around the competitiveness of the plant. There is deep concern that these redundancies may be the first step towards the full closure of the plant.

The Renault procedure was launched. Authorities and unions will aim to reduce the number of jobs affected.

As reported, Belgium has applied for assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).


  • 28 February 2013: Le Soir
  • 1 March 2013: Le Soir
  • 28 February 2013: Financial Times
  • 1 March 2013: RTBF.be


Eurofound (2013), Caterpillar Belgium, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 75027, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75027.