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R&D changes at Orion may lead to personnel reductions

Orion R and D

The planned changes and renewal will affect the entire R&D organization, and the company will launch co-operation negotiations on this in Finland.

The changes are intended to strengthen the company’s R&D portfolio and speed up the progress of research projects, it states.

Launch co-operation negotiations

In order to implement the planned changes and refocusing of Orion’s R&D and the organizational changes that support these, Orion will launch co-operation negotiations concerning its R&D function (over 500 employees) in Finland – in Espoo, Turku and Kuopio. The negotiations will concern all members of staff in all personnel groups in R&D in Finland.

The company has issued a negotiation proposal, as laid down in the Finnish Act on Co-operation within Undertakings, on the reorganization of operations and possible personnel reductions. The operational changes and reorganizations are anticipated to result in changes to responsibilities, transfers to new roles, transfers to different locations, changes to the terms of employment and possible layoffs on production grounds.

Personnel reductions of a maximum of 25 persons

The negotiations may result in personnel reductions of a maximum of 25 persons. The plan is to implement some of the possible personnel reductions through retirement, part-time work and training opportunities. The company may also transfer persons affected by the negotiations to other roles in the group. Should redundancies occur, they would take place during 2020.

Photo of Orion production: Rob Örthen