Gorillas express delivery – a courier service that delivers groceries to your home within ten minutes by bike – is laying off all 240 of its employees in Belgium. The company ceases its activities in Antwerp and Brussels. This is what the Socialist Union says. The company itself does not confirm this departure and says it will reduce services in Antwerp.
Gorillas is a German company that, since the summer of last year, has delivered groceries ordered via the company’s website within ten minutes via a bicycle courier in certain parts of Brussels and Antwerp. For just €1.8 in delivery costs, the prices are comparable to traditional supermarkets. In Antwerp, Gorillas delivers groceries such as bread, coffee, vegetables, pasta, beer and other products in the city centre, from the exhibition area in Kiel to Eilandje and part of Borgerhout. But in recent weeks, there have been persistent rumors that the gorillas will make a stop in Belgium.
This is now confirmed by the socialist trade union ABVV Horval. “The management has made it clear that they want to stop their activities in Belgium and wanted to speak to each employee individually,” says Yvan de Jong, ABVV Horval secretary. “We said it was best done in consultation with the trade unions, so that the social rights of all workers would certainly be respected. We will reach an agreement by June 27. 240 employees will be laid off. Today these people are still at home, keeping their wages “. About 40% of these 240 employees work in Antwerp, and the rest are in Brussels.
When asked for comment, Gorillas said on Friday afternoon that “in Belgium we have decided to scale back our current activities and close some of our facilities, effective June 13. However, we will remain open in Antwerp and Brussels, and we will continue to serve our customers in the same delivery area.”
What is now, will gorillas close in Belgium after June 13th or not? The gorilla does not give any other explanation. But when we encounter the union with gorilla communications, it is very clear. “The gorillas intend to drive everyone in Belgium,” says Yvan de Jong.