Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 2 March 2004
Consultations with personnel representatives at Wärtsilä’s Turku Factory have now been completed. During the consultation process the parties considered various alternatives for reducing the surplus capacity in engine manufacturing in the Group, and reached a common understanding on the programme of support measures to be offered to those employees being made redundant. A total of 425 employees will be made redundant at the Turku Factory and 23 employees will be offered alternative work. With the process now complete, the company has today decided to cease production at the Turku Factory and to move the Service Workshop to Vaasa because, among the various alternatives considered, this is the best solution with respect to the company’s future operating capabilities.
A support programme has been agreed with personnel representatives. An advice service will be set up at the factory to help employees find new work and offer guidance on establishing a company of their own. Special support will be offered to those aged 45-55 at the end of their employment contracts. Approximately 135 employees will be eligible for an unemployment pension by virtue of their age. An extra production bonus will be paid to personnel to ensure that the manufacturing programme is completed on schedule and as specified.
The Service Workshop, which is closely associated with the factory’s manufacturing operations, will be moved to Runsor in Vaasa, where the workshop’s employees will also have the opportunity to move.
The agreed manufacturing programme will be completed and manufacturing will cease by the end of the current year.
The Turku Factory will be turned into a service unit. Besides service, Wärtsilä also has a Ship Power unit, as well as product support for the Wärtsilä 46 engine and certain other functions that will continue to operate in Turku. The Turku unit will in future have slightly over 200 employees.
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