The city of Ostend is advising Daikin employees in a new job
At the beginning of this week, it was announced that Daikin, a maker of heat pumps and air conditioners, would not offer a new contract to all 600 temporary employees at its Ostend facility. They are keeping permanent staff, but they will have to work 12 days this year. According to Daikin, this is necessary because heat pump sales are declining.
The Economic House and the Social Welfare Department of the city of Ostend are now working with the VDAB to look for a job in the region for temporary employees fired by Daikin. Ostend is forming a working group for this purpose. The city also received a guarantee from the company that despite the eliminated jobs, Ostend still fits into its future plan.
“We want to guide employees whose temporary contracts have not been extended in the best way possible in their search for a new job,” Mayor Bart Tomlin said. “We do this with all the players in Ostend, and Daikin itself – which remains the largest employer in our city – is also committed to this.”
All partners will look to an individual’s skills, experience and ambition to guide that person to the right job. According to the VDAB, there are 1,200 vacancies in the Ostend area and 700 of them come from the city.
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