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Danish Crown: 600 jobs cut in Denmark

European meat giant Danish Crown has announced to cut 600 jobs in Denmark.

The company announced this news last week, in a reaction to a refusal of the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Food Workers' Union (NNF) to approve a new collective agreement. The agreement included a pay freeze for 2010-2012 and a starting rate of pay for new employees.

The round of job losses may even be followed by another redundancy round, analysts assumed on the basis of the words of Kjeld Johannesen, CEO of Danish Crown.

Johannesen commented, "Together with our union representatives we had given both our owners and employees reason to believe that we would together find a solution which would take us as close as possible to the finishing line in DC Future – most recently at the meeting of the Board of Representatives at the beginning of February which was attended by all the union representatives.

"I am therefore both surprised and disappointed that the Food Workers' Union NNF did not listen to its members."

Good-bye to slaughterhouse employees
He continued, "In the very near future, we must say good-bye to the first slaughterhouse employees, almost 600 in number. It is a great shame that the union has not realised the seriousness of the situation because, no matter what, we must fulfil the targets which we have outlined for our owners."

Some media report that a part of the slaughtering activities will be moved to Germany.

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