Altia considers temporary job cuts over covid-19

31st March, 2020 by Melita Kiely

Koskenkorva vodka producer Altia is considering temporary staff lay-offs due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the company.


Altia’s production has been impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic

Altia has had to adjust its operations due to the impact of coronavirus on the company’s travel retail and on-trade business in all countries, as well as the firm’s exports.

Pekka Tennilä, Altia CEO, said: “Our working environment has changed radically and we must react accordingly. The adjustments are necessary in order to maintain our operational capability in short and long term.

“With the co-operation negotiations, we try to find the best solution for all Altia employees under these exceptional circumstances.”

The group said the restrictions have affected the company’s workload and as a result, temporary lay-offs are being considered.

Employees have been contacted to volunteer to be part of the temporary lay-offs, and negotiations are expected to be over after Easter (12 April). In Finland, negotiations concern all operations.

Altia has assured any possible lay-offs would be temporary. The group’s other operational countries are also undergoing personnel adjustments.

Altia employed approximately 632 people in 2019, with 418 located in Finland.

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