Internal restructuring
Eesti; Kirde-Eesti;
Location of affected unit(s)
Narva city
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.

169 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
20 May 2009
Foreseen end date
30 June 2009


AS Hiab Balti, the Estonian processor of metal and manufacturer of machinery and equipment, announced cutting 169 jobs due to internal restructuring at its site in Narva city. Hiab Balti is owned by the Finnish corporation Cargotec.

The first job reduction is scheduled to take place on 20 May 2009 when 90 persons are made redundant. The dismissal of another 79 persons will follow in June. The first redundancy will be due to reorganisation of production and the second as a result of the decrease in work volume. In total, it is expected that the reorganisation will help optimise the production and raise the competitiveness of the company.

The demand for firm´s products has decreased significantly and the company´s business loss exceeded EEK 30 millions at 2008. Blue-collar workers will be mainly concerned. As a result of negotiations with the company trade union, in order to keep the rest of the jobs, most of the remaining 305 workers have been required to work on reduced working time due to a decreased in work volume. According to the comments of the company, it is expected that as a result of the reorganisation, other workers will be employed full time again from autumn 2009.



Eurofound (2009), Hiab Balti, Internal restructuring in Estonia, factsheet number 68095, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68095.