Bart Leybaert, from labour union BBTK, says there is evidence that Neckermann.com's management willingly let the company go bankrupt. He points out the quick relaunch is "remarkable".
"Slap in the face"
"The most remarkable act, which is also a slap in the face of the staff is how quickly the new website went online, merely a day after the court in Breda had declared the company to be bankrupt. We all know that you cannot create a professional website in a day", Leybaert told BNR Nieuwsradio.
Separating good and bad credit, moving good clients to a subsidiary are also actions he considers to be clues. He equally finds it odd that the directors have managed to keep their jobs prior to the bankruptcy.
Leybaert represents the Belgian Neckermann.com employees who have lost their job in the bankruptcy and that is why he has asked the liquidator to investigate possible fraud.
Neckermann's board denies any and all allegations and sees no proof of a voluntary bankruptcy. CEO Andreas Ezinga snaps back: "Obviously, it is a scandalous remark and it is not based on any fact. I have heard about the comment yesterday and thought about it all day. It is a very sad situation for everyone involved. A lot of jobs have been lost, so I can understand the grief, anger and annoyance."
Ezinga explains the rapid relaunch through a pre-pac, which means that the future options are taken into consideration even before a bankruptcy. "The website has definitely not been created within 24 hours. We do have plenty of experience with internet companies, so we have the expertise to quickly create something like that."