Proximus explains early retirement on the table, but politics is not keen after Carrefour-rel


Proximus legt brugpensioen op tafel, maar politiek is niet happig na Carrefour-rel

Proximus places are downsizing the early retirement on the table. Theoretically, the from 58 years, but the politics is not keen after the Carrefour-rel.

The nerves of the ministers in the government of current affairs, were yesterday tight. Cause were the plans of Proximus for the next three years ” accelerated its cost to build, and more on digitization and automation. An exercise that is already a few years, but where Proximus is a notch in the plug as a result of increasing competitive pressure. It would 1.900 people their job losses.

The plan is now presented to the trade unions. Proximus captures the loss of jobs is not only a generous sum on the table to voluntary departure, to encourage, but relies also on a pre-retirement pension, also known as SWT (system of unemployment with company supplement”). Proximus may, in principle, a pre-retirement pension from 58 years to ask, but politically there is very little enthusiasm for. In government circles it is doubted whether Proximus itself, the requesting party is to the lat of 58 years. “It is still unclear whether a restructuring plan. What label to stick them there?’, what it sounds like.

If Proximus is the plan, not this year but next year in progress, would the age of 60 years, says the. Proximus is about the plan to consult with the trade unions; who are traditionally in favour of early retirement as low as possible age.

The government want a repetition of the discussion with Carrefour to avoid. There negotiated with the unions and the management of USPS in 56 years, which gave rise to the high voltage between the federal minister of Work, Kris Peeters (CD&V) and its Flemish counterpart, Philippe Muyters (N-VA). Eventually, the early retirement at 56 years of age.


On the cabinet of minister Peeters be one there yesterday that Proximus is not a private company such as Carrefour and under other legislation. Still according to the government is the law-Renault does not apply. Specialists on the labour market had that first otherwise assessed, which says something about the complexity of the Belgian labour law.

Proximus wants to anyway as many people as possible via early retirement, let it drain away. Redundancies would be avoided. Hence, there is also a social envelope on the table to encourage voluntary departure.

More agile and more powerful

The kostenbesparingsronde aims Proximus both more agile as more efficient. The company has relatively too many workers, still have a legacy of statutory benoemende staff and has too few staff with specialist digital knowledge. With an operating profit margin of 33 percent is Proximus anything but a company in difficulties. The reasoning of the telecomspeler is, however, that in the coming years, the pressure on sales will only increase as a result of sharper competition.