EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: France


Sector: Utilities
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Number Employed: 6000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 13-12-2011
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Planned Job Reductions max: 250
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-06-2012
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2016
Other Job Reduction Measures: 200

Additional Information

On the 26th and 27th of October 2011, the French group Areva (120 500 employees) announced to its European Works Council its intention to cut nearly 950 jobs in the framework of a significant cost savings programme (see here).

Update: On 13 December 2011, the group gave more details within a drastic cost saving plan: In addition to increased job cuts in Germany and Belgium, jobs in France will also be cut. Areva aims to reduce its workforce by natural departures of 200 to 250 employees per year by 2016. This will sum up to 1000 up to 1250 departures by 2016.

The downsizing will affect support functions (8,000 employees worldwide). Areva's CEO had announced, after discussions with the French Prime Minister in mid-November 2011, that the company would not dismiss employees in France.

The European Works Council has requested Areva to refrain from implementing any measures before it was fully informed and consulted.