Scania cuts 250 city bus staff
Scania is to make staff reductions at its plant in Slupsk, Poland, where it built the Omni City and OmniCity Double deck for the UK and now builds the Citywide range. About 200 employees are to be cut from the over 500 strong workforce. The move is part of an efficiency programme aimed at ensuring profitability in its city bus manufacturing operations. The programme is expected to generate annual cost savings of £6.52m/SEK70m. Negotiations have been initiated with trade unions in order to reduce the workforce. At the head office in Södertälje, Sweden, changes will be made in the research and development department and the purchasing department for the Scania Citywide, affecting 50 employees. These workers will all be offered continued employment at similar departments in the main Scania organisation.
Sales of Scania’s internally developed and manufactured fully built city bus, the Scania Citywide, have declined since the record years 2010 and 2011, when over 600 units were delivered. Owing to several years of volatile demand for fully-built city buses, Scania has worked with various activities, in cooperation with local trade unions, with the aim of retaining employees at the production unit in Słupsk.
Senior Vice President and Head of Scania Buses & Coaches, Klas Dahlberg, said, ‘We possess significant overcapacity in our city bus operations. We must therefore undertake extensive restructuring measures in order to match our industrial structure with our commercial conditions. This is the only way to secure our long-term position as a supplier of complete city buses.’