Südzucker announced on Tuesday that it wants to cut its sugar production by 700,000 tonnes a year and save 100m euros a year, due to historically low sugar prices. Factory closures in Germany and Europe are not excluded.
"The information has caused great concern at the Tiefenhausen refinery," said Trade Union delegate Bert Verhagen (ABVV). "Our delegates are bombarded with questions. They asked the management to convene a workers' council, but for now it does not want to do so because there's nothing to say."
Raffinerie Tirlemontoise employs about 600 people in our country and has two sugar factories in Tienen and Wanze, as well as several locations, including the Râperie de Longchamps.
European sugar quotas were abolished on October 1, 2017.