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Meat producer HKScan looks to carve 220 jobs off payroll

The job cuts will affect clerical, supervisory and management staff across all functions while production workers will be excluded.

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Finnish meat producer HKScan said on Wednesday that it will begin retrenchment talks covering 1,200 clerical staff as well as supervisory and management personnel across all of its operations.

The company said in a release that it is launching co-determination talks with employee representatives with a view to improving cost-efficiency in all market areas.

The discussions will exclude in the firm’s production operations, as well as the majority of staff working at its Rauma division in southwest Finland.

According to HKScan, the talks will result in the termination of a maximum of 220 jobs.

CEO Tero Hemmilä said in a release that the firm’s competitiveness had been declining steadily.

"We must purposefully improve the cost-efficiency of our operations to strengthen our competitive position in this sector as well as find new ways to satisfy customer expectations and the needs of consumers in our domestic markets in the future," he added.

Hemmilä assumed the role of chief executive on Monday.

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