Page turned to Eupen. Jacques's chocolate is over! The company closes its historic chocolate factory, to refocus its activities on its production site in Bruges. 60 jobs will be lost at Eupen. There was obviously a lot of emotion for the last day.
That would be a farewell photo: most of the workers at Jacques's company in Eupen shared a life of work together. It's certain that 20 or even 25 years in the same factory, it brings it closer. "We think we will try to meet again, it's difficult, but we think we have to do it, we continue to meet each other"explained Fabienne Lamby, CSC delegation. He believes that "Anger has given way to sadness": "Obviously in our depth there is anger, but today is more than sadness".
That is the inventor of the chocolate stick
Inside this century-old institution, there is no more noise. The machines are stationary and ready to be dismantled, in part, for a new production site in Bruges. However, Jacques is a pioneer of Belgian chocolate. That's even the inventor of the famous chocolate stick, patented in 1936. But on that site, 67 jobs will be lost.
"Suddenly, we lose production, then we know that it is in Bruges"
"This can work well here, but the problem is we have a lot of tonnage, then less, because they will go to Bruges." he is in Bruges ", deplored Manuela Negrin, FGTB delegation.
Many find jobs in the region
Competition between sites has identified Eupen as the most unprofitable group. The retraining unit was created, but fortunately many workers and employees have found jobs in the region.