Helsinki, Finland, 17 November 2009 -- Metso concluded employee negotiations regarding its unit in Pori, Finland, on 16 November 2009. As a result of the negotiation process initiated on 30 September 2009, a total of 80 persons in regular employment will be reduced, almost half of whom will be covered with pension arrangements; 32 persons will be affected by an actual lay-off. The reductions will commence immediately, according to legal terms of notice.
Temporary lay-offs might affect all personnel during 2010. The members of staff to be temporarily laid off, and the duration and timing of these lay-offs will depend on the workload. The temporary lay-off notice applied to all the employees in the Pori unit, in total about 230 people, and the reduction notice to about 95 people.
Metso's units in Pori are part of the company's Fiber business line (FBL). They specialize in machinery and related expert services for chemical pulping.
Metso also has concluded the employee negotiations regarding their unit in Valkeakoski and the Jämsänkoski Service Point belonging to it, in Finland, on 23 November 2009. As a result of the negotiation process initiated on 30 September 2009, a total of 11 persons in regular employment will be reduced, some of whom will be covered with pension arrangements. The reductions will be concluded by autumn 2010. The reduction notice applied to 17 people.
The employee negotiations initiated simultaneously in FBL units in Sweden still continue. The reductions are part of the process to streamline FBL’s operations and cost structure, to improve its competitiveness in a changing business environment.
Metso's unit in Valkeakoski, which belongs to the company’s Paper and Fiber business lines, specializes in equipment and related expert services for stock preparation, recycled fiber, and mechanical pulping. A service point is located in Jämsänkoski.
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