Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Non-Specialised Wholesale Trade
46.9 - Non-specialised wholesale trade

240 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 March 2013
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


Finnish Wholesale Cooperative Society (SOK), the central organization of the Finnish cooperative wholesale and retail group S-ryhmä, has announced redundancies of up to 270 employees. The company has started negotiations with employee representatives on the cuts. Cooperative S-ryhmä is one of Finland's largest wholesale and retail groups. Its central organization SOK has approximately 1,900 employees of which up to 270 may become redundant. The negotiations do not include regional cooperatives or group's other subsidiaries. The company states that the central services are not profitable and that up to 50 million Euros need to be saved. The negotiations are to be concluded by summer. Chairperson of the service workers' union PAM called for responsible negotiations and noted that the entire group S-ryhmä is successful and continues to grow.

Updated, 29/05/2013 SOK (S-Group) has concluded negotiations and announced 240 redundancies. Up to 180 employees will be dismissed and 60 positions are to be cut by other means, eg. not renewing temporary positions.


  • 29 May 2013: S-Group press release
  • 26 March 2013: Taloussanomat
  • 26 March 2013: S-Group press release
  • 26 March 2013: YLE News


Eurofound (2013), SOK, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 75171, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75171.