120 jobs under threat at IKEA Belgium

120 jobs under threat at IKEA Belgium

A global restructuring plan announced by the Swedish furniture retailer IKEA could mean as many as 120 job losses here in Belgium. Most of the job losses will be at the company’s Belgian HQ in Zaventem (Flemish Brabant) with the Human Resources Department being especially badly hit. Meanwhile, IKEA’s Belgian management has started talks with the unions in an effort to “limit the potential impact as much as possible”. Ingka Group, a holding that runs most of IKEA’s stores wants to thoroughly reorganise its operation. It wants stores to become…

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Flemish PM: “The situation is precarious in the extreme”

Flemish PM: “The situation is precarious in the extreme”

The Flemish Prime Minister, Geert Bourgeois (Flemish nationalist) has spoken of his hopes that the UK Parliament will approve the EU withdrawal agreement. Mr Bourgeois conceded that it would be a work of titanic proportions but added that he hoped UK MPs would show a sense of responsibility. After hearing reactions from UK MPs to the technical agreement reached between the UK and the EU the Flemish leader said: “The situation is precarious in the extreme. This is such an important moment for the prosperity of the people of Britain,…

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BlaBlaCar to buy Ouibus from SNCF

BlaBlaCar to buy Ouibus from SNCF

The BlaBlaCar carpooling service is to purchase Ouibus, a subsidiary of the SNCF, from the French railway utility, and has launched an investment drive aimed at raising 101 million euros in which the SNCF will participate, representatives of the two companies announced on Monday. BlaBlaCar is to acquire Ouibus (ex-iDBUS) at a price that has not been disclosed so as to expand its service and open it up to other partners and local bus operators in Europe, the start-up disclosed. “A huge number of our carpool drivers also drive buses…

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Apple Stock Plummets After FaceID Supplier Lumentum Slashes Forecast

Apple Stock Plummets After FaceID Supplier Lumentum Slashes Forecast

Shares of Apple Inc (NASDAQ:APPL) sank 4 percent today after a key supplier, Lumentum, said it was forced to reduce shipments to its ‘largest customer’. Apple stock is now trading at levels last seen three months ago in early August, a corresponding drop of roughly $40 billion in market value. Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE 37.5 -0.33%) manufactures the specialized lasers that help enable the iPhone X of yesteryear, and this year’s XR and XS, to sense objects in 3D which enables FaceID to work. The supplier slashes its forecasts by about 70…

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Female white collar staff earn 15% less than male colleagues

Female white collar staff earn 15% less than male colleagues

According to a study by the HR management and support services company Partena Professional, women working in white collar jobs in Belgium earn an average of 15% less than their male colleagues. Partena Professional surveyed 100,000 white collar staff for its study, the results of which were released on Friday. The 15% pay gap is between female and male employees with the same skills, working in the same branches of industry. The pay gap widens as their career progresses. The 15% average pay cap equates to women earning 500 euro/month…

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Ultraviolet telescope developed by US, Belgian universities to be launched Thursday on Nasa satellite

Ultraviolet telescope developed by US, Belgian universities to be launched Thursday on Nasa satellite

Nasa’s ICON satellite is due to be launched on Thursday to study the interaction between the solar wind, the Earth’s magnetic field and the atmosphere. The Liège Space Centre (CSL), part of the University of Liège (ULiège), participated in the design, development and calibration of the FUV ultraviolet telescope that was loaded onto the satellite, ULiège noted on Wednesday. The satellite was developed by the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of Berkeley in California, USA. It is to be launched from an orbital plane above the Pacific Ocean, ULiège…

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Jeroen Meus on failed restaurants: “I made a huge mistake”

Jeroen Meus on failed restaurants: “I made a huge mistake”

TV chef, cookbook publishing legend and restaurateur Jeroen Meus has admitted blame for the failure of his Würst chain of upscale hot dog restaurants in Leuven, Antwerp and Ghent. “I have a failing, and I’m not proud of it,” he told De Tijd in a weekend interview. “I let this out of my own hands, and that was my mistake.” Meus opened the Würst restaurant in Leuven in 2015, after running the fine-dining restaurant Luzine in the city to great success. But having become a household name with a variety…

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Post office unions issue strike notice

Post office unions issue strike notice

The Belgian trade unions have issued a notice about the strike. On Thursday evening, negotiations between the unions and the post office broke down. On Sunday evening, the socialist Union ACOD issued a statement to the press on behalf of all unions that represent the staff of the post office, which announced the failure of official negotiations with the leadership of the B-post. The unions are unhappy about a plan drafted by bpost bosses for the future of the post office. Furthermore, “The perilous working conditions currently endured by bpost…

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Restaurant turns away families with children – justified or not?

Restaurant turns away families with children – justified or not?

The food service industry and the dining public were split into two factions this week, after news that a restaurant in the seaside resort of Nieuwpoort had turned away a mother and child. The incident took place at the Brasserie Sir Charles on the sea-front, which operates an adult-only policy, indicated by a sign at the entrance to the restaurant (see photo). Owner Noel Brossé explained: “Every summer I suffer thousands of euros worth of damage caused by children,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “Children who drop glasses and plates, or…

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Umicore to recycle BMW electric car batteries

Umicore to recycle BMW electric car batteries

German carmaker BMW has created a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and the Swedish company, Northvolt. According to some environmental organisations, the electric car, which does not emit CO2, is less environmentally friendly than it seems. This is because the production process for the battery pollutes and the battery produces waste that is difficult to recycle. The German car maker BMW now wants to address this weakness by entering into a technological partnership with the battery producer Northvolt (co-founded by a former top director…

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