Apparel giant Levi Strauss & Co is to lay off 50 jobs at its Dockers division and close the brand's Amsterdam headquarters as part of a restructuring programme.

Levi plans to move Dockers' European business to its European headquarters, which are based in Brussels.

Dockers' European president, Keith Harkess, is to resign from his position, and marketing director Nick Vance and merchandising director Peter Ruis are also stepping down.

The brand will be taken over by a temporary management team, which will report to Levi Europe's president Paul Mason.

Levi Strauss announced in October 2004 that it was to retain Dockers after spending five months seeking a possible buyer.

The company made almost 2,000 employees redundant in September 2003, when it shut its last remaining manufacturing and finishing plants in the US and Canada.