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Danish Meat producer Danish Crown lay off 500 in Esbjerg

Friday, 11 May 2012
The Danish corporate sector continues to suffer as meant producer, Danish Crown closed its slaughterhouse in Esbjerg, which means firing 500 employees.

Danish Crown’s  Anne Villemoes of its press department told Danish business daily, Borsen  that the slaughterhouse will be shut down at the end of august. "The production will be moved to other places in the country, primarily Sæby.

That is relatively far away from Esbjerg “but we will to everything possible to help the sacked employees find a new job,"  said Villemoes  in a briefing at a meeting on Friday morning.

The company said in a statement that the closure of the abattoir was due to alleged overcapacity of pigs in the European market. "We have seen a slight decline in the supply of pigs to our Danish market, and we are responding to. It is a measure of accountability when we make tough decisions like this, "says production director at Danish Crown Søren F. Eriksen.
Supply of slaughter has gone down a few percent, while the closure is aimed at investing in the capacity of a number of other Danish Crown departments in Denmark. " It will mean approx. 300 new jobs elsewhere in the country, but it is not yet clear how the new jobs will benefit them, "says Søren F. Eriksen.

In previous closures, all employees will be covered by the Danish Crown's social plan, as well as the established job bank.
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