Efforts to help sales staff underway
(CS) The bankruptcy of some 20 shops in Luxembourg continues to make waves, as labour union OGBL and employees met on Friday afternoon to discuss the situation.
The meeting followed an encounter between the union and the Luxembourg Consumer Confederation (CLC), as well as Labour Minister Nicolas Schmit and Minister of the Middle Classes Françoise Hetto-Gaasch.
The bankruptcy of FCPE group, which ran the shops that closed their doors on Thursday, meanwhile revealed a complex web of management structures.
Seventeen companies running around 20 stores are tied to FCPE.
The OGBL in the meantime was not able to give an exact number of employees affected by the closures, though reports indicate that at least 70 members of staff are affected.
It was revealed on Friday afternoon that employees had not been paid their wages for August. Media reports also indicated that the group had not paid social contributions for its employees for some time.
The Ministry of the Middle Classes on Friday tried to control the damage by issuing an official statement together with the CLC, saying that it is confident that Luxembourg's attractiveness will help find new tenants for the shops quickly.
Some brands have reportedly expressed interest already in taking over the bankrupt shops bearing their name.
The OBGL expressed hope that some employees might be able to continue their work at these shops.
Top priority for the ministry, too, is to help the employees, which found the doors of their workplace closed on Thursday morning without prior warning.
While some said that they had an inkling that there were problems, they added that they did not expect such a sudden closure.
A fast-track procedure at ADEM has been set up to ensure quick help.