EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Wotan Forest

Wotan Forest

Geographic Location

Country: Czechia
Region: Jihocesky; Jihozapad
Location of affected unit(s): České Budějovice


Sector: Agriculture
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
02 - Forestry and logging
Number Employed: 1000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 22-11-2010
Planned Job Reductions min: 400
Planned Job Reductions max: 500
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Wotan Forest, a Czech forest company, has announced between 400 and 500 job cuts (i.e. almost one-half of the staff) after being unsuccessful in a public tender (organized by the state forest company Lesy ČR). According to Pavel Draštík, general manager of Wotan Forest, public tenders discriminate against large companies. In general, public tenders are criticized by forest firms for the lack of transparency. As of November 2010, there is no information on when dismissals are to be carried out.