Estonia - Extensive lay-offs in the Northeast - January 31, 2016

There has been much talk about mass redundancies at the northeast Estonia based shale oil producer Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG), but extensive lay-offs are planned by other companies of Ida-Viru County as well. According to data of the Ida-Viru division of the Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL), at least 163 people more are about to lose their jobs in the first half of 2016. In February the municipal bus company Narva Bussiveod will cease operations, making 76 people redundant. Due to the completion of the Auvere power plant of the state-owned energy group Eesti Energia, the energy engineering company GE Alstom Estonia will reduce its workforce, letting go 19 workers in February and another 68 in May. According to the trade union, 223 of the company's 399 employees will be laid off in 2017, leaving it with a staff of just 176. The state-owned postal company Omniva also plans to reduce its Ida-Viru County workforce in the summer.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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