Internal restructuring
Eesti; Lääne-Eesti;
Location of affected unit(s)
Pärnu (Lääne-Eesti)
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Textiles
13.2 - Weaving of textiles

158 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 April 2008
Employment effect (start)
15 May 2008
Foreseen end date
13 June 2008


Pärnu Linavabrik, a linen textiles and linen threads manufacturer, has announced the dismissal of 158 jobs out of a total 340 during the period from 15 May to 13 June 2008 following a decision by the Irish owner company W.F.B. Baird & Co Ltd. Mostly the jobs of skilled workers are lost (spinners, workers from the bleaching and dyeing plant and technical staff). About a quarter of the persons made redundant have an employment history of more than ten years in the company, the remaining have mostly been employed over five years. The company commented that they find it difficult to market their products, as the cost price of production is higher than that of analogous competing companies in Southeast Asia and China. As a result, the company is forced to cut down in production. The job reduction is the second largest dismissal in the company since 2006 when 126 jobs were cut. However the plant was not closed down completely. According to the comment of the manager of the company, Mr Arvo Villmann, the new production will be implemented and the dyeing plant will be kept in place. The new products will be less related to the markets in China.



Eurofound (2008), Pärnu Linavabrik, Internal restructuring in Estonia, factsheet number 66573, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66573.