Collaboration negotiations at Vantaa confectionery concluded

Helsinki / FI. (fg) In February, Finland’s Fazer Group initiated collaboration negotiations concerning some of the personnel of the Vantaa confectionery plant due to financial and production-related grounds.

Adjustment measures are required due to a change in demand patterns and to ensure product-specific profitability. The biscuit production capacity currently exceeds the demand, and the labour supply needs to be adjusted to reflect this situation. Demand for special praline products and other speciality products has decreased due to the Covid-19 crisis and the accompanying standstill of the international travel retail business.

The collaboration negotiations started 02 March 2021 and a total of 120 employees from the Vantaa factory fell within the scope of the negotiations. Before the negotiations begun, the employer estimated that the planned changes might lead to temporary layoffs for a maximum of 90 days per employee during the current year and the termination of a maximum of nine employments.

As a result of the negotiations, nine employments will be terminated and temporary layoffs for a maximum of 90 days per employee during year 2021 will be used. Also, other actions were agreed upon to enable flexible use of work force between different departments in the future.

Fazer will support those whose employment has been terminated and further their possibilities of re-employment by e.g. cooperating with the employment administration.