Workers employed by the international sports retailer Sports Direct gathered at the company’s Belgian headquarters this morning to demonstrate against the closure of several of the chains stores across Belgium. The action, organized by a joint agreement amongst trade unions, is not being seen as a strike, but more a show of strength within the workforce ahead of a pivotal meeting involving senior management later this week.
Speaking on behalf of those demonstrating, Jalil Bourhidane told national news network RTL that “Eight shops in Belgium have already been closed, and almost half of the people employed at the headquarters have been dismissed”. He also warned of further closures in 2018. Workers and trade unions are keen to know more about the long-term vision for SportsDirect in Belgium as many are worried about their future job security.
The meeting with the company’s English leadership team is due to take place on Thursday with many involved seeing it as the final attempt at talks over what could be an impending employment crisis for the brand in Belgium.
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