Haribo is reportedly set to cut the size of its workforce in France by 15% by the end of next year as part of plans to restructure the business, improve competitiveness and concentrate on the launch of the group’s first manufacturing plant in the US.
Jean-Philippe Andre, chairman of Haribo’s operations in France, told the Le Monde newspaper the company hoped to achieve the reduction through voluntary redundancies and early retirement schemes.
Andre said Haribo was looking to cut 100 jobs out of a total of 750 at two plants in the country – in Uzes and Marseille – although he acknowledged that talks over the issue with unions “had not been easy”.
However, Andre said the group’s proposals were supported in a ballot of workers at the plants that union leaders had tried to block and agreement on the proposals was subsequently signed. “There was an employee turnout for the vote of 90% and we got support from 72% of those voting in Uzes and 62% in Marseille,” Andre said.
Andre said: “If we had not signed the agreement, we would have closed one of the two sites before 2020.”