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

1,233 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 January 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2018
Foreseen end date


Carrefour, a French multinational retailer, has announced the dismissal of  1233 of its Belgian employees. The operation is part of a larger operation by the company to cut back on costs which will involve investments in e-commerce. Approximately 180 jobs will be lost at the company headquarters, 2 hypermarkets will close and many will have their number of employees reduced. Trade unions are concerned and state that the operation is a "social bloodbath". Additionally they criticise the  attitude of the company management as well as the amateurish way in which the news was announced. Employees in several stores started strikes after the news broke and trade unions indicate that others will follow. In 2010, 1700 employees were dismissed after 7 supermarkets and 9 hypermarkets were closed. In France several thousands of employees are facing dismissal as well.

Update, 13/4/18: In April came the news that approximately 191 jobs might be saved after negotiations between the company management and the unions. Stores in both Genk and Angleur will not be closed entirely but instead reduced in size. In a few other stores the amount of jobs at risk has been reduced. However in exchange the management want the unions to agree with its transformation plan before the summer (increasing flexibility or  'polyactivity' of employees and agreement to the implementation of new technologies in stores).


  • 25 January 2018: De Tijd
  • 25 January 2018: De Tijd
  • 25 January 2018: De Standaard
  • 13 April 2018: De Morgen


Eurofound (2018), Carrefour, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 93124, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93124.