Groups plan rescue of Danish Crown plant
by Meat&Poultry Staff
RANDERS, Denmark – After Danish Crown announced plans to close a hog-processing facility on the island of Bornholm, a workers union and an industry group stepped up with a plan to save the slaughtering facility.
The Danish Food and Allied Workers' Union NNF and the Confederation of Danish Industry announced a joint rescue plan for the facility in Rønne on the Danish island of Bornholm. The groups reached a five-year agreement that will keep the slaughterhouse open and save 190 jobs. The agreement calls for an employee investment company to contribute to financing investments in the slaughterhouse.
“I am extremely pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement which avoids the closure of the slaughterhouse in Rønne,” said Ole Wehlast, chairman of the Danish Food and Allied Workers’ Union NNF. “It has been crucial for us that the agreement should not entail pay cuts for our members, but that they will instead be investing in their workplace. It is also important for me that the slaughterhouse workers will now be given a chance to vote for or against the agreement.”
Danish Crown said the Ministry of Business and Growth has committed the Danish State to providing funds to co-finance new investments at Danish Crown, which plans to modernize and develop its slaughterhouse business on Bornholm. The agreement is subject to approval by both parties in June.