Traxx MS Locomotive. Photo credit: Alf van Beem

Bombardier presents social programme for laid off staff

Bombardier Transportation has launched a social plan and a volunteer programme for the 2,200 employees that are to lose their jobs over the next three years. The train manufacturer presented these plans as it formalised an agreement regarding its transformation in Germany on Monday.

On the 29th of June this year, Bombardier announced a reorientation of its activities on German sites. For the next three years, it will specialise in either the development or production of rail technology. Innovation, digitalisation and the increased use of modern Industry 4.0 processes will be at the core of these specialisations. However, with the transformation the company will also cuts 2,200 jobs.

Compensation employees

“As stipulated in the general company agreement, both a social plan and a volunteer programme will be adopted promptly”, Bombardier said on Monday. “The social plan will include 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.”

The sites affected are those in Bautzen, Hennigsdorf, Kassel, Mannheim, Siegen and Görlitz. With the transformation, Bombardier hopes to set the course for a successful future fort he company as a leading global manufacturer of innovative mobility solutions.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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