The European Commission may come to the aid of Volkswagen workers in Belgium, set to lose their jobs, as the car-maker cuts production in Western Europe. Workers burnt flags and rallied outside Volkswagen’s plant in Brussels, vowing to continue a 6-day strike for at least another week. Volkswagen has announced it will stop producing its Golf model car in the country, a move that could see more than three thousand staff laid off.
The European Commission says it may be able to provide funds for sacked workers. Employment Commissioner Vladimir Spidla said a restructuring task force would meet on Friday to study the issue:
“Perfectly reasonable solutions can be found,” he said. “They will also look at mobilisation of money, including the European Social Fund, for workers who are about at risk of being laid off.”
Company officials say they will move all production of the Golf to plants in Germany. At over 16 percent, unemployment in Brussels is among the highest in the EU. The cuts are the worst in the region, since a Renault plant closure in 1997 cost 3,100 jobs.