Seventy staff at the company’s Lund plant were informed last week that they would be laid off, with a further 80 receiving the same unwelcome news at an information meeting on Tuesday.
Christina Appelgren, the company’s press officer in Sweden, said the lay-offs came because the company now needed employees with a different set of skills.
“As the nature of our business adapts, with ever-more focus on automation, digitalization and sustainability, the competences we require in order to compete successfully and grow the business in new directions are also changing,” she told The Local in a written statement.
“In practice, this means recruiting critical new skills into Tetra Pak from outside the organization, while restructuring or re-aligning our ongoing activities when we see opportunities to help strengthen our competitiveness.”
Appelgren said that consultations were now under way with “local employee representatives” on the proposed organizational changes, which she confirmed would hit about 150 people.
“We recognize that this is an unsettling time for those potentially affected by the proposed changes and commit to ensuring they are treated with fairness and respect,” she said.
Founded in Lund in 1951 by Ruben Rausing to market the water-proof, sterile, tetrahedroid paper packages developed by the laboratory scientist Erik Wallenberg, Tetra Pak now employs close to 25,000 people worldwide.
The company’s headquarters is officially in Lausanne, Switzerland, for tax reasons, but Lund is still the site of many key functions, including the development of the company’s Tetra Top carton bottles.
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