Südzucker announced on Tuesday that he wants to cut his sugar production by 700,000 tons a year and save 100 million euros a year, due to historically low sugar prices. The closure of factories in Germany and Europe is not excluded.
"Information has raised a lot of concern about the refinery in Tienen," says trade union delegate Bert Verhoogen (ABVV). "Our delegates are bombarded with questions. They have asked the administration to convene a workers' council, but it does not want it for now because there is nothing specific to say.
The Raffinerie Tirlemontoise employs approximately 600 people in our country and has two sugar factories in Tienen and Wanze, as well as several locations including Râperie de Longchamps.
The European sugar quota was abolished on October 1, 2017.