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Danish Crown: The closing of the slaughterhouse in Ringsted is brought forward

In order to avoid overcapacity at the other Danish slaughterhouses, Danish Crown has decided to close the slaughterhouse in Ringsted four weeks earlier than originally planned. Efforts to help employees further are also being brought forward.

Posted on Jun 27 ,00:15

Danish Crown: The closing of the slaughterhouse in Ringsted is brought forward

The last working day at Danish Crown's abattoir in Ringsted is brought forward four weeks, so that the last pig is now slaughtered on 14 August. This happens because Danish Crown's three other slaughterhouses have the necessary capacity to slaughter the expected supply of pigs.

"There are even fewer slaughter pigs in Denmark right now than we expected when we made the decision to close the abattoir in Ringsted. Therefore, we cannot employ the employees at all the slaughterhouses to a sufficient extent, and we are now taking the consequences of that. At the same time, there are more Ringsted employees who want further training than expected, so we therefore believe that the employees here will understand our decision. Even if it means that the closing of their workplace is brought forward by four weeks", says Jesper Sørensen, who is production director at Danish Crown.

However, the majority of the employees in Ringsted will still be paid for the remaining four weeks, even if they do not have to come to work. Some will, however, be tasked with cleaning up the slaughterhouse, while the employees who are registered for further training during the period will not experience any changes.

When the closure of the abattoir in Ringsted was a fact, a comprehensive social plan was launched, which aims to help the employees in the best possible way in their working lives. That plan will not be changed, but job placement is now being accelerated even more.

This means, among other things, that the planned external job fair will be brought forward, expectedly to week 30. In addition, the more than 50 companies that have indicated that they have jobs for some of the dismissed employees will be contacted. This is done with a view to starting concrete "matchmaking" during July.

"Over 150 employees from Ringsted will go on a bus trip to our Jutland slaughterhouses to see if those jobs could be something for them. At the same time, we are intensifying the work with the other initiatives that are planned, because when we bring forward a closure, we also have a responsibility to bring forward the planned help", says Jesper Sørensen.

Danish Crown decided to close the abattoir in Ringsted in order to increase overall efficiency by making better use of the capacity of the other Danish abattoirs and at the same time release funds for investments in the abattoirs in Horsens, Herning, Blans and a new factory in Vejen.  

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