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88 redundancies at Panalpina Luxembourg

The company based in Findel and Munsbach has just validated its social plan, this a few months after its acquisition by a Danish logistics group.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The company based in Findel and Munsbach has just validated its social plan, this a few months after its acquisition by a Danish logistics group.

Of 148 employees currently, Panalpina Luxembourg will unscrew to around sixty employees. This is the first consequence of the social plan which was signed this Friday, May 29 between the management of the company, the OGBL and the staff delegation. Already at the start of the year, a maintenance plan had been implemented in the company which operates from the Cargo Center and Munsbach in the field of logistics, particularly in connection with air freight.

This plan provided for early retirement-adjustment departures, re-employment assistance and a voluntary departure plan, but this is clearly not enough to ensure the future of the brand which came under DSV control in 2019. This group Danish logistics has introduced a new digital management system which should leave most of the workforce without a mission as of July 1.


Ban de Gasperich shipyard - Photo: Pierre Matgé

Despite government measures, employment will fall in Luxembourg, the Institute of Statistics plans. 15,000 jobs could disappear if partial unemployment and leave for family reasons were no longer relevant.


For the OGBL, DSV’s decision to maintain this implementation date, despite the current COVID-19 health crisis, is revolting. A vain dispute, even if the union will have succeeded in reducing the number of dismissals initially planned (from 101 to 88) … A figure which could even be lowered if the number of departures were to increase.

As part of the social plan, various social and financial support measures have been negotiated. Extralegal redundancy pay (linked to seniority, age and family situation) as well as personal career transition support. In addition, at the request of the OGBL, the company made a moral commitment, in writing, to want to keep the DSV Panalpina structure active in Luxembourg. The union has already contacted several companies in the logistics sector in order to find new outlets for the employees affected by the social plan.


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