Bayer plans to extend jobs pact for workers in Germany to 2015

08 July 2011 17:27  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Bayer plans to extend its jobs guarantee for workers in Germany to 2015, the Germany-based chemical and pharmaceutical major said on Friday.

The original 2009 pact with Bayer’s works council is due to expire in 2012. Under the first agreement, Bayer hoped to avoid job cuts for operational reasons.

Bayer and the works council expect to come to an agreement on the extension before the end of the year, company and council said in a joint statement.

Bayer is committed to investment in Germany, which includes the long-term security of jobs in the country, board member Richard Pott said.

However, Bayer said it needs to be able to react quickly to changes and challenges in the market, which implies “flexibility and mobility” in working conditions.

As such, the company cannot exclude that some tasks may need to be shifted or outsourced to other firms in Germany or abroad – after all other options have been exhausted.

Bayer also affirmed previously announced plans to outsource some jobs within its services and administrative functions in Germany.

The company also intends to proceed with plans to cut some 700 positions in healthcare in Germany, as well as 300 positions in its Bayer CropScience business, it said.

For more on Bayer and other producers visit ICIS Company Intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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