EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Czechia
Region: Olomoucky; Stredni Morava
Location of affected unit(s): Uničov, Olomouc


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
24.3 - Manufacture of other products of first processing of steel
Number Employed: 1100

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-06-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 30-04-2020
Direct Dismissals: 200

Additional Information

Czech Engineering-metallurgical company Unex has significantly reduced the number of employees due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since April, about 200 job cuts were implemented in two manufacturing sites (Uničov and Olomouc). Company spokesman Boris Keka cites a drop in global demand as the main reason. Unex, which still employed about 1,100 people in April, exports over 80 percent of its production. Production at the Uničov plant has been significantly reduced since mid-March, when the city was closed due to the spread of coronavirus.
The largest redundancies occurred in the Olomouc plant where a hundred of the total 150 employees lost their jobs.