D’Ieteren Auto, in particular importer of VW group vehicles in Belgium, confirmed on Friday its desire to accelerate its transformation “to respond to substantial changes in the automotive market”. The number of dry layoffs will rise to 123, the company said in a statement. In early June, there were 211 jobs threatened.
“To counter the impacts of the current health crisis and its long-term effects on demand and customer behavior, the management of D’Ieteren Auto announced on June 3 its intention to set up an acceleration project of its transformation in response to a rapidly changing market “, recalls D’Ieteren. The plan requires an investment of 182 million euros by 2025 “to align the businesses and services offered with customer expectations, particularly in terms of digitization, and their new mobility needs”. The legal information and consultation procedure within the framework of the Renault Law was initiated in early June and is now closed. The boards of directors of D’Ieteren, D’Ieteren Sport and Volkswagen D’Ieteren Finance have confirmed the implementation of the project which will result in the loss of 211 jobs in Belgium.
However, the decision to open to certain impacted staff members 21 vacant positions within the company and the possibility of using the unemployment scheme with company supplement (RCC) for the staff concerned aged 59 and over could reduce the number of dry layoffs to 123, the statement said. D’Ieteren Auto has started the next phase of the Renault procedure, which consists of negotiating support measures and financial terms with union delegations.