Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.1 - Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 December 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 June 2021


Finnish steel company Outokumpu announced that it will cut about 250 jobs in Finland. Majority of the job cuts will be done in Outokumpu’s production units in Tornio and its mine in Kemi. Both of these cities are located in northern Finland. All employee groups are affected by the job cuts.

The announced job cuts in Finland are part of Outokumpu’s wider plan to cut approximately 1,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2021. According to the company, restructuring is needed due to the impact of the COVID-19 on the steel sector. The company expects these job cuts to generate cost savings accounting for €70 million.

Shop steward of Outokumpu’s production units in Tornio argues that the company’s decision is disappointing and that the proposals made by the employees were not taken into consideration.

Outokumpu has approximately 10,000 employees worldwide, while at the beginning of 2020 it employed 2,502 people in Finland.



Eurofound (2020), Outokumpu, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 102967, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102967.