EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Sokolovská uhelná (SUAS)

Sokolovská uhelná (SUAS)

Geographic Location

Country: Czech Republic
Region: Karlovarsky; Severozapad
Location of affected unit(s): Sokolov


Sector: Mining / quarrying
Mining and quarrying
05.20 - Mining of lignite
Number Employed: 3000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 22-11-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 1000
Planned Job Reductions max: 1000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2020
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2021

Additional Information

Sokolovská uhelná (SUAS), the smallest brown coal mining company in the Czech Republic, is starting a gradual attenuation of coal mining and planning 1,000 job cuts within the next two years. SUAS is to dismiss about 700 people in 2020 and about 300 in the following year. The restructuring is motivated by the increasing price of emission allowances due to political and environmental pressure to lower harmful emissions caused by mining production and coal flaming. SUAS will pay about CZK 1.4 billion (€54.8 million as at 15 December 2019) to the state budget on emission permits this year,and about CZK 1.5 billion (€58.8 million) in 2021. The company is ready to actively help people with job search by offering alternative vacancies, career and economic counselling. 

Currently, SUAS employs around 3,000 people at its plant and around 700 in subsidiaries.