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Union reports Unilever will be reducing job cuts at Knorr plant in Germany

Union reports Unilever will be reducing job cuts at Knorr plant in Germany Unilever Food and Beverage Business

Unilever is strategically reducing the number of job cuts at its Auerbach factory in Germany, as confirmed by local union representatives. Approximately 80 jobs are slated for elimination, a significant decrease from the originally projected figure.

Initially, the multinational planned to close three production lines at the facility, putting more than half of the 175 current jobs at risk. Despite declining to comment at the time, Unilever emphasized that the changes were essential to secure the factory’s future in a competitive market environment.

In a positive development, Unilever has demonstrated a willingness to collaborate with the works council and the NGG on an alternative plan that would help preserve more jobs at the Auerbach site. While the company refrained from providing further details, citing ongoing confidential discussions, the decision is seen as a step forward by the NGG, which commended the collective efforts that influenced this outcome.

Products under the popular Knorr brand, including instant soups, sauces, pasta, bouillon pots, and seasonings, are currently produced at the Auerbach site. Unilever reassured stakeholders that production would continue without interruption following the necessary adjustments.

Thomas Lißner, managing director of NGG in the Dresden-Chemnitz region, emphasized the union’s commitment to advocating for employee rights and preventing any partial closures at the factory. He highlighted the dedication of workers, especially during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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