Thun, 8 December 2017
Consultation procedure at the production location in Thun has been completed
- Consultation procedure at Meyer Burger which opened on 2 November 2017 was completed on 28 November 2017
- Proposals submitted by the Employee Representatives were examined in-depth by the Executive Board and a response delivered
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced a cost efficiency programme on 2 November 2017 which included plans to discontinue all manufacturing activities in Thun by the end of 2018. In connection with this announcement, the company also opened the corresponding consultation procedure on 2 November 2017 which offered employees the opportunity to express their views and proposals to the plans.
Constructive dialogue between Employee Representatives and Executive Board
Throughout the consultation procedure, the Executive Board and the Employee Representatives maintained an active, respectful dialogue. The Employee Representatives had until 28 November 2017 to prepare and submit a written report of their proposals. The Executive Board examined all proposals in-depth and delivered their final response to the Employee Representatives and the Canton of Bern on 6 December 2017. The employees were informed of the results on 7 December 2017 by Meyer Burger CEO Hans Brändle and by the President of the Employee Representatives, Martin Fischer.
Reduction in affected positions
Of the up to 180 affected positions in manufacturing, logistics, purchasing and production planning which were communicated on 2 November 2017, around 160 have been confirmed. Of these, approximately 100 are definitely affected and around 60 further positions are dependent upon the results of various strategic alternatives. Successful solutions are also being arranged for the 26 apprentices who are affected.
Implementation during the next 15 months
Following completion of the consultation procedure, all employees can be informed of the next definite steps in the process which will be implemented in the next 15 months. Meyer Burger expects most of the transformation to be completed by the end of 2018.
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