- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgium’s government is considering legal action against Caterpillar over the U.S. heavy equipment maker’s decision to close a manufacturing site and lay off more than 2,000 workers.

Prime Minister Charles Michel told lawmakers Thursday that “we will take action against Caterpillar if necessary.”

He described the expected closure of the Gosselies plant in the Wallonia region as “brutal, cruel and heartbreaking.”

In a surprise announcement last week, Caterpillar said it would shift production to Grenoble, France, and other facilities outside Europe.

About 2,200 workers are likely to be laid off as well as thousands more from subcontractors working on Caterpillar contracts. Some learned they would lose their jobs via social media.

Wallonia officials slammed the move, saying Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. received substantial government financial support and big tax breaks.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide