British consumer goods manufacturer Unilever ends the operation of its Röszke plant and 152 permanent staff memebers and all of the 18 agency workers will be laid off. The layoffs have been divided into two rounds: one in december and one in march 2023. The remaining 18 permanent workers will continue to work for the plant's new owner. The management says it will immediately start the consultation with the works council and the union at the plant.
Unilever cites changing consumer trends as the reason for the plant closure and the need to concentrate production into larger production units. The Röszke plant is located in a densely populated area, which limits the possibility of enlarging the plant.
The new owner of the plant will be Mezőker, a Hungarian foods product manufacturer and a supplier of Unilever. Mezőker will take over nearly one-third of the plant's product lines. The rest of the product lines will be transferred to other Unilever plants in Romania and Germany, or European contract manufacturers.