EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.19 - Other retail sale in non-specialised stores
Number Employed: 25000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 18-07-2012
Planned Job Reductions min: 2000
Planned Job Reductions max: 2000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 18-07-2012
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2014

Additional Information

The retail chain Karstadt intends to cut 2,000 positions by the end of 2014. The job cuts will be realised by natural attrition.

According to the management, the restructuring is necessary to remain competitive and ensure long-term success. The plans are criticized by the United Services Union (ver.di), which points out the need for modernising work organisation and sales products.

The plans were announced when Karstadt was about to resume normal employee remuneration in accord with the sector's collective agreement, after staff had received reduced entitlements for the past three years to allow for the turnaround of the company.

Karstadt employs about 24,400 staff. The chain was taken over by investor Nicolas Berggruen in 2010 after being threatened with insolvency.