EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: World


Sector: Utilities
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution
Number Employed: 45000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 07-05-2015
Planned Job Reductions min: 5000
Planned Job Reductions max: 6000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-09-2015
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2016

Additional Information

French nuclear group Areva is to cut between 5,000 and 6,000 positions worldwide betwen 2016 and 2017 (including 3,000 to 4,000 job cuts only in France).

Areva has started negotiations with social partners in France that will continue throughout May and June. The negotiations will be followed by information and consultation with relevant employees’ representatives. The first job cuts could also start by October 2015. Areva had already announced 1,500 job cuts in Germany, where around 5,000 people are employed  and in Nigeria (170 job cuts in its mining activities). In 2011 Areva announced its first transnational restructuring, with about 1,500 job cuts in the EU.

The aim is to reduce staff costs about 18% internationally. Areva has recently announced a loss of almost €4.8 billion for 2014. The state-controlled group is negotiating an even more radical reorganisation plan with the main French electricity producer EDF and the French government. Areva has not sold a new nuclear reactor since 2007. It is facing strong competition from US, Russian and South Korean companies and a dramatic decrease of demand for nuclear power stations since the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Areva has also failed to build a new generation nuclear power station (EPR) in Finland (10 years' delay and still not finished) and is facing construction problems on the French site of Flamanville.