Employee consultation process in conjunction with Fiskars restructuring has been concluded

Fiskars Corporation      Press Release      November 20, 2014 at 1.30 p.m. EET

The employee consultation process in Finland in conjunction with Fiskars new regional organization has been concluded. The new organizational structure coming into effect in December, 2014 aims to simplify decision-making and to ensure efficiency of the company’s operations by minimizing overlap.

The structural reform process reviewed organizational structures and skills from a strategic point of view and across unit boundaries, which allowed repositioning employees in new roles that had been opened as part of the restructuring. In addition, some fixed-term positions will not be renewed. As a consequence, the need for redundancies will be approximately 20 employees. At the beginning of the employee consultation process, the number of redundancies was estimated to be a maximum of 60 people.

As part of the new organization, Fiskars is creating a Europe business region which is responsible for sales, supply chain and shared services within Europe. In addition, the European product categories of the Home and Garden business areas have been regrouped into the new business units Living Products and Functional Products.

The concluded employee consultation process did not include employees at the company’s factories or at the company’s own stores in Finland, but due to the general market situation Fiskars plans to restructure operations at the Iittala factory to improve cost structures and the competitiveness of its operations. As such, an employee consultation process is beginning at the glassworks that may result in fixed-term lay-offs as well as redundancies of up to a maximum of nine people.

Fiskars currently employs around 1,600 people in Finland.

For more information, please contact:
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Nina Ariluoma-Hämäläinen, tel. +358 204 39 5507

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