Alpiq announces details of job cuts in Switzerland
Due to the sustained change in framework and market conditions and the resultant marked deterioration in earning performance, Alpiq announced a comprehensive restructuring programme on 4 November 2011 along with plans to shed 450 jobs. The company has now drawn up detailed plans for Switzerland and discussed them with the responsible Personnel Committee. As far as jobs abroad are concerned, the exact figures are dependent on the outcome of current negotiations for the disposal of various units. The workforce reduction will make a substantial contribution to cost savings in the region of CHF 100 million.
As part of its restructuring programme, Alpiq will shed 170 of the approximately 1,000 jobs in the Energy Segment in Switzerland. This will entail 130 redundancies. Due to the move to streamline the organisation and focus energy trading on self-generated energy, the plans affect in particular staff and support functions as well as the energy trading area, and hence the Olten and Lausanne offices (90 and 40 redundancies respectively). Although half the redundancies will come into force only in the course of this year, those affected will be notified in January. The job cuts do not affect the 3,800-strong workforce of the Alpiq InTec Group, which is active across Switzerland in the fields of building technology, facility management, transport technology and energy transmission.
A severance plan is being drawn up for employees affected by the job cuts. The plan focuses in particular on providing support to employees in finding a new job, termination benefits indexed to age and length of service, a retirement option and an extension of the notice period for termination of employment. CHF 12.2 million is reserved for the severance plan.
About Alpiq Holding Ltd.
Alpiq: Roots in Switzerland - active throughout Europe
Alpiq Holding Ltd. is the leading energy trader and service provider in Switzerland, with European reach. The Alpiq Group was created in early 2009 as a result of the merger between the two energy pioneers Atel Holding Ltd. and Energie Ouest Suisse SA (EOS). Active in Switzerland and Europe, it has subsidiaries in more than 20 countries and in 2010 generated consolidated annual revenue of around CHF 14 billion. Alpiq specialises in electricity generation and transmission, sales and trading, as well as energy services, and is responsible for around one-third of Switzerland's electricity supplies.