Bombardier finalises social programme job cuts

Bombardier Transportation has completed its negotiations with the employee representation regarding the cut of 2,200 jobs by 2020. Along with the reconciliation of interests, a redundancy package and a volunteer programme have been agreed. The job cuts are the result of a reorientation of its activities on German sites.

The new agreement means that the transformation in German is regulated in an economically viable and, at the same time, socially responsible way, the company stated. “I am pleased that today we can give the green light for the implementation of our vigorous future strategy,” said Michael Fohrer, Head of Bombardier Transportation in Germany.”

More competitive

“Our transformation covers three crucial points: the implementation of our platform strategy through higher product standardisation, the specialisation of our locations with clear assignment of competences and investments in digitisation. With this programme, Bombardier will become significantly more efficient and thus more competitive in Germany”, Fohrer eloborated.

The sites affected by the reorientation are those in Bautzen, Hennigsdorf, Kassel, Mannheim, Siegen and Görlitz. With the transformation. The social plan includes compensation measures for the employees affected by the specialisation of the German sites. The volunteer programme enables selected staff to terminate their work relationship with Bombardier on a voluntary basis and on appropriate terms.”

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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