Large companies, on the crisis: the Goal is to avoid layoffs

Butikslukninger, former employees and escrow limits. Coronakrisen has crippled the entire society, and many of the country's major companies are in the knees

Large companies, on the crisis: the Goal is to avoid layoffs

Butikslukninger, former employees and escrow limits. Coronakrisen has crippled the entire society, and many of the country's major companies are in the knees

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
21 mart 2020 Saturday 18:00
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Large companies, on the crisis: the Goal is to avoid layoffs

Butikslukninger, former employees and escrow limits.

Coronakrisen has crippled the entire society, and many of the country's major companies are in the knees.

on Friday fired group Bestseller with Denmark's richest man, Anders Holch Povlsen, in the lead the entire 750 employees in Denmark. But many others have so far been spared from mass layoffs.

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In recent weeks, the government and the Danish parliament adopted several stimulus packages to the industry. Anyway fired the ceo and owner Anders Holch Povlsen Friday 750 best-selling employees in Denmark. Photo: Jan Sommer/POLFOTO

And the goal is to get through the crisis with all the staff on board. That is how it sounds from a series of large companies, which Ekstra Bladet has spoken with.

- We have 2000 stores across Europe, which right now is closed. So we have been hit hard. But our goal is clearly to avoid layoffs. The big challenge is just that we don't have a clue how long it is here to stand on, says Rune Jungberg Pedersen, communications manager at Jysk, which has 24.000 employees around the world.


According to Rune Jungberg Pedersen, it is yet too early to foretell how hard the group will be affected by the crisis.

- We know not whether the sale is lost, or just deferred. If you were going to buy new furniture, but the store is closed, do you do it probably later. But what that ends up is impossible to say.

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Smykkekoncernen Pandora has closed more than a thousand stores in countries such as Italy, France, Spain and the UNITED states. Photo: Christian Lindgren/Ritzau Scanpix

Smykkekoncernen Pandora with 28,000 employees are in the same situation and had to close down thousands of shops down temporarily. However, it has not yet led to layoffs.

- All of the sales associates, who have been sent home, have been given full salary for at least eight weeks. And then we shall see what awaits on the other side, says press officer Johan Melchior.


mass layoffs it not been for the of either Lego, Carlsberg or Rockwool, all of which have thousands of employees.

The same is the case with vinduesproducenten Velux, which is otherwise forced out in an emergency.

- We are going to shut our production down in 14 days. France has said that all non-essential production should stop. And windows is, after all, is not vital. But on our three factories in France are made components to our other factories. So the whole chain is affected, says head of communications, Jens Bekke.

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According to head of communications, Jens Bekke, can the Company be forced out in layoffs, if the lack of demand pull out. Right now, however, it is not a theme. Photo: Gregers Tycho/Ritzau Scanpix

Trust, In that you are going to face a possible round of layoffs?

- All depends on how long it here the goods, and what the situation is on the other side. If it takes a long time before the demand comes up on a normal level again, then we come also to adapt our workforce (lay off employees, red.). But it is not something we will be looking specifically at right now, says Jens Bekke.


While other companies are open about the situation, the information is kept close to the body of the big shoe manufacturer Ecco.

Here has ceo Steen Borgholm issued a notice to all stores in Europe and the UNITED states closes.

- We have decided that we will not tell you more at present, " says communication director Søren Kragh Pedersen.

- you Can indicate whether Ecco has fired someone because of coronakrisen?

- No, I can't, he says.

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clothing manufacturer: It looks not good

The largest companies in the garment industry is hard hit by the coronakrisen.

on Friday fired best seller 750 employees, like the competitor DK Company earlier in the week terminated 125 employees in offices in Copenhagen, Ikast and Vejle.

And with the large manufacturer of workwear, Mascot in Silkeborg, you can feel the pressure.

- It starts to clearly go beyond the sale. We have sent some of our contract workers and home, but otherwise it's not been to the layoffs, says ceo and owner Michael.

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the Manufacturer of workwear, Mascot has more than 3000 employees worldwide. Here brands the director and owner Michael Grosbøl clearly the pressure from coronakrisen. Photo: Casper Holmenlund Christensen/POLFOTO

- if you plan, it's going to remain so?

- It is hard to say. But it looks not too good. It must be both blind and deaf not to be able to see, he says.

Michael's family has served extraordinarily well on the Mascot through the years, and according to a recent inventory in Berlingske among the country's wealthiest with an estimated fortune of 2.8 billion dollars.

According to the owner is the Mascot not hit as hard as Bestseller and DK Company, as the company sells through dealers, but do not have their own shops with staff costs and rent.

Our factories have fortunately not been affected. But we can notice that it pinches out at the dealers. In countries such as Italy and Austria, there is of course a very, very little turnover, says Michael Grosbøl.

He explains that the Mascot, in cooperation with the 3F has made an arrangement about the division of labour for some employees.

It means that the employees in the training period has two weeks of work with wages, and one where they are at home with the opportunity to receive unemployment benefits.

Updated: 21.03.2020 18:00
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