NETHERLANDS: Vion to cut domestic jobs
- More than 100 Dutch staff affected
- Vion wants to cut costs to make it more competitive
- Follows announcment of planned UK exit
Vion wants to focus on Netherlands and Germany
Dutch food group Vion, which last week announced it wants to quit the UK, has set out plans to cut jobs from its domestic business.
More than 100 staff within Vion's operations in the Netherlands could be affected from a move to improve efficiency and cut costs.
Meat processor Vion said the restructuring was needed to "reinforce the company's competitive position" on the "strongly contested" Dutch food market.
"This will affect the labour opportunities of 105 employees. Redundancy will be requested for 40 staff. The remaining 65 employees will be relocated or will leave as a result of natural wastage," Vion said. "These changes will allow Vion Food Netherlands to work more effectively and reduce costs. This is crucial in order to maintain the right market position."
Last week, Vion announced plans to leave the UK and focus on its Dutch and German operations.
Vion, which entered the UK in the late 1990s, employs 13,000 people at 38 sites in the country.
Vion said it was already in "detailed discussions with a number of interested parties, including management" over the acquisition of parts of its UK business.
VION Food Netherlands to modify organisation
Reinforcing activities, lowering costs
23 | NOV | 2012
VION Food Netherlands has announced that it will be modifying its personnel structure to further improve efficiency and to reduce costs. This is necessary to reinforce the company’s competitive position on the strongly contested food market.
The modifications are the result of the VION Food Group’s new course which was announced on 19 November 2012. The intended organisational modifications pertain to staff in general administrative positions. This will affect the labour opportunities of 105 employees. VION Food Netherlands’ Group Works Council has been asked for advice on the proposed decision.
Redundancy will be requested for 40 staff. The remaining 65 employees will be relocated or will leave as a result of natural wastage. These changes will allow VION Food Netherlands to work more effectively and reduce costs. This is crucial in order to maintain the right market position.
Original source: Vion Food Group
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