EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Rationel Vinduer

Rationel Vinduer

Geographic Location

Country: Denmark
Region: Ringkøbing amt
Location of affected unit(s): Struer


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of wood and paper products, and printing
16 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
Number Employed: 652

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-09-2008
Planned Job Reductions min: 180
Planned Job Reductions max: 180
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy/Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-11-2008
Foreseen End Date: 30-04-2009
Direct Dismissals: 180

Additional Information

Danish windows manufacturer, Rationel Vinduer, has been through two rounds of lay-offs due to a declining market in mainly England and Ireland. The first came in September 2008 in Struer, Jutland, where 70 were dismissed. The second already followed end of November when the factory in Struer was closed and further 110 were made redundant. The management foresee more problems in 2009. Therefore it has with the acceptance of the employees introduced work-sharing for a period of max 13 weeks. It means that the employees work one week and receive unemployment benefit the next. During the term of notice the efforts of the management, the trade union and the local job centre have succeeded in finding jobs for 40 employees. There are 467 employees left in Sdr. Felding.