EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Emsland; Weser-Ems; Niedersachsen
Location of affected unit(s): Papenburg


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
30.1 - Building of ships and boats
Number Employed: 3900

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 28-07-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 450
Planned Job Reductions max: 450
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 28-07-2021
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2023
Other Job Reduction Measures: 450

Additional Information

As confirmed on 28 July 2021, the German shipbuilding company Meyer-Werft will be cutting 450 jobs at its site in Papenburg due to internal restructuring. While at the beginning of 2021 management had announced more than 1,000 cuts, negotiations between works’ council, trade union and management brought this number down to 450 (350 at the shipyard and 100 at the affiliate Ems Maritime Systems (EMS)). As part of the agreement, all employees who remain with Meyer-Werft will be working 100 hours per year without pay until 2023. Meyer-Werft intends to avoid compulsory redundancies and will try to achieve its job reduction goal via a voluntary programme and a transfer company.

Currently Meyer-Werft has 3,900 employees at Papenburg.