Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
the Netherlands
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.19 - Other retail sale in non-specialised stores

390 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 April 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Dutch retailer of household goods Blokker has announced a decrease of 390 jobs, although the location(s) of the cuts and the timeframe have not been specified. The internal reorganisation is meant to cut costs and to create a more flexible and competitive organisation. This reduction follows a job reduction of equal size in 2015, after the parent group suffered losses in 2014. The unions were unpleasantly surprised by the announcement. They had not been notified in advance despite a recent meeting with Blokker and another round of job reductions had not been expected so soon. There are concerns about potential increases in work pressure, as well as increased unrest across the stores that are part of the Blokker Holding group. Blokker Holding owns a range of household goods, furniture and toy stores. One of them, Xenos, also experienced job losses earlier in 2016.


  • 15 April 2016: De Volkskrant
  • 15 April 2016: Trouw
  • 15 April 2016: Blokker Holding


Eurofound (2016), Blokker, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 87379, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87379.