Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has initiated employer-employee negotiations aiming to cut 180 jobs. According to Volvo CE the reason for the redundancies is low demand for heavy equipment on the world market. Of the redundancies, 60 blue collar positions will be cut in Hallsberg, and a further 110 blue collar positions will be cut in Eskilstuna, and 10 white-collar positions will also be cut in Eskilstuna.
The leader of the municipal board in Eskilstuna has expressed sadness in regards to the redundancies. Local union leader in Eskilstuna calls the scale-back a hard blow to the industry and said that the union had hoped that Volvo CE would be patient and wait a bit longer for the demand to rise on the world market. Local union leader in Hallsberg has expressed anger and frustration in regards to the decision.