An extraordinary works council is underway Monday morning at Mega World, the chain which replaced Blokker in Belgium, indicates a union source. It is not known what is the agenda for this meeting but the unions fear the worst, according to an article in Standaard.
The takeover earlier this year of Blokker Belgium by the controversial Dutch businessman Dirk Bron had already raised quite a few questions. He is in fact the subject of a fraud trial in the Netherlands. The unions had also questioned his business plan for Belgian stores.
According to De Standaard, the store chain has faced delays in rent payments in recent weeks. The amounts would have meanwhile been paid but all this does not bode well, fears, in the Flemish newspaper, the union secretary of the ACLVB Eric Vuchelen. In addition, the company auditor also refuses to approve the annual accounts.
Also according to the daily, the commercial investigation chamber of the court of Mechelen has opened an investigation against Mega World, which could indicate payment difficulties.
The former Blokker Belgium, now Mega World, has 123 stores and more than 670 employees in Belgium.