European Works Council agrees social conditions of the creation of the energy Europe business line
(4 January 2012) Following the merger of Gdf and Suez in 2007 and several years of operation of several separate energy business lines the company wanted to bring these together.
The new structure would group together 27.000 workers. The restructuring effects close to 2.500 workers directly particularly in those in corporate functions of the merged entities. Management consulted the EWC. The energy working group explored the possible implications and engaged the expertise of Secafi
The EWC did have an information meeting and a consultation session in which information was provided. An extra-ordinary meeting of the EWC agreed the social conditions of the restructuring with management, 19 December 2011.
The social conditions foresee that beyond the changes in the corporate functions, "there will be no other impacts on employment in the countries’ operational organisations. The creation of the Energy Europe Business Line and its set-up will not in itself result in layoffs. There will be no compulsory layoffs and no compulsory geographical redeployment. Furthermore, the creation of the Energy Europe Business Line will not involve a change in employees’ legal companies and existing social agreements will continue to be applicable"
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