Helsinki, Finland, 25 September 2009 -- Metso has concluded the employee negotiations started on 21 September 2009, in MW Biopower Oy’s Kiuruvesi production unit in Finland.
As a result of the negotiations, the maximum number of temporary lay-offs is 44 persons, all employees in the production. The temporary lay-offs of up to 90 days are implemented gradually according to work load. In the first phase, 12 people will be temporarily laid off. The temporary lay-offs will take effect on 12 October 2009. These temporary lay-offs are made to adjust operations in response to a decreasing order backlog.
In addition to temporary lay-offs, production capacity is reduced because of structural changes in the business operations by approximately six man-years of work during 2010 through pension arrangements.
MW Biopower Oy is part of Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture, MW Power Oy, a company offering power and heating plant solutions based on renewable fuels. The Kiuruvesi unit employs approximately 90 people. The production unit manufactures structures for power and heating and plants.
) is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling, and the pulp and paper industries. Metso has about 28,000 employees in more than 50 countries.