EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Portugal
Region: Leziria do Tejo; Alentejo; Continente
Location of affected unit(s): Coruche


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
26.30 - Manufacture of communication equipment

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-01-2012
Planned Job Reductions min: 300
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 16-01-2012
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2012

Additional Information

Telecom equipment manufacturer Tegael announced the closure of the plant in Coruche which will result in the dismissal of 300 employees in 2012. In the last two months of 2011, the company already dismissed 100 employees: 70 through collective dismissals and 30 through individual processes. According to the Executive Board the closure is related to the crisis. The union was informed about the intention to close the plant, but it questions the arguments put forward by the executive board. Its closure raises great worries among the local authorities as Tegael is the main employer in the town.