METSTRADE to proceed as planned

METSTRADE organiser RAI Amsterdam has released a statement to say that it has submitted a request for advice to the Dutch Works Council for a reorganisation. The move is required due to the major impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the convention centre’s operations.

”RAI Amsterdam has been closed for exhibitions, conferences and events since the Dutch government’s measures were announced on March 16,” reads the statement. “The RAI normally welcomes some 1.5 million visitors a year to around 500 events and hopes were high that 2020 would be its busiest year to date. The reality has been very different indeed.

The newly proposed reorganisation is aimed at ensuring the continuity of RAI Amsterdam and the related jobs. ”The RAI is looking at a loss of €20m this year and to restore RAI Amsterdam’s financial health, the company needs to make cuts to the tune of €25m. This is expected to involve the loss of approximately 125 jobs. RAI Amsterdam currently employs 483 people and compulsory redundancies cannot be avoided. Together with the works council, the RAI hopes to establish a social plan to implement the redundancies but specific notices to the staff involved will not be issued until mid August.”

As of July 1, RAI Amsterdam has been permitted to host and facilitate live events in accordance wtih regulations set by the authorities. The work in planning for METSTRADE 2020, to be held from November 17-19, is in full swing and its role in bringing the industry together after so many other events have been cancelled around the world will form a crucial part in preparing for 2021.

The show’s director, Niels Klarenbeek, commented that “despite these times of uncertainty we will do the utmost to enable the industry to meet in Amsterdam this November. METSTRADE 2020 can only be held if we can make it a safe and successful show.”

Source : The Islander