Proximus employees stage spontanous strikes after announcement of CEO's departure

Wednesday 11 September 2019 | 14:47 CET | News

A number of Proximus employees spontaneously left work on 10 September from call centers and stores and demanded the immediate departure of CEO Dominique Leroy. The CEO announced last week that she was moving to KPN, as CEO. According to De Tijd, the campaigns mainly took place in the south of Belgium, in Bruges, Hasselt, Brussels, St Vith, Namur and Libramont, among other places. The doors of Proximus shops also closed earlier in the cities of Mons and Charleroi. Proximus has confirmed that small-scale actions have taken place.

In all cases, the employees took action on their own, and not with the support of trade unions. The trade unions said they did not exclude the possibility of more spontaneous strikes over the coming days. Proximus has indicated that it is following the situation closely.

Leroy's departure of Leroy was not welcomed by employees. Proximus announced in April that it would be extending Leroy’s term by four years. During the company’s AGM, Leroy defended the new Proximus strategy shift to digital, over the coming three years, even though it meant letting go of 1,900 employees. The trade unions involved were strongly opposed to the redundancies. 

There is a fear among Proximus employees and trade unions that while Leroy will serve as CEO until 1 December, she will no longer have an interest in dealing with certain issues, namely the consultation between trade unions and Proximus regarding the reorganisation.

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Categories: General
Companies: KPN / Proximus
Countries: Belgium
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