Lonza concludes social plan, implements measures staff reduction

Lonza concludes social plan, implements measures for staff reduction

11:19 AM, 26th November 2012
Lonza concludes social plan, implements measures for staff reduction

VISP/BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Lonza together with the employees’ associations, the Operative Commission and the unions Syna and Unia have agreed on a social plan to implement the measures for the announced staff reduction in Basel and Visp.

The social plan regulates the measures and compensation in connection with the staff reduction. Priority during the negotiations was the social compatibility within the framework of business feasibility. This ensures the company will remain a reliable and socially responsible employer in a difficult environment. The negotiated plan allows that the number of layoffs can be kept as low as possible through early retirements and internal vacancies. For the internal transfers and potential layoffs an operational employment centre will be set up.

In parallel with ongoing social plan discussions, the parties involved will have the opportunity to submit further proposals by the end of December to reduce the amount of layoffs. In accordance with the outstanding agreement on the extended work time, Lonza will not announce any layoffs for economic reasons before January 2013 (individual work contracts) and March 2013 (collective work contracts). The company considers the social plan as fair and balanced and is convinced that it will enable the implementation of the reduction in staff in a socially acceptable manner.

At the end of October, in the framework of a cost reduction programme through the end of 2014, Lonza announced a reduction in staff of 400 positions in Switzerland. Lonza strives for the most socially responsible way of implementing these planned reduction measures. Reducing the manufacturing costs in Switzerland has become necessary as over the past few years the profitability of the production site Visp has continuously decreased due to the exchange rates and Asian competition as well as raw material and energy prices. With these measures, Lonza intends to secure the future of the site.

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