Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35.1 - Electric power generation, transmission and distribution

2,350 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 November 2013
Employment effect (start)
14 November 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


German energy provider RWE is to cut at least 2,350 jobs in Germany by 2016. The company suffers from declining electricity prices and faces a low utilization of gas and coal power stations.

The measure is part of a plan to cut 6,750 positions worldwide within the same timeframe. This includes the larger part of the at least 3,000 EU-wide job cuts in the power generation section announced in September, and likely also the 2,400 job cuts in Germany announced in 2012. Together with the latter measure, total reduction of job cuts in Germany amounts to 4,750 until 2016.

The company is to engage in talks with worker representatives in the beginning of 2014. Until the end of 2014, a collective agreement ensures dismissal protection in Germany, so RWE aims to avoid forced redundancies.


  • 19 September 2013: Handelsblatt
  • 6 November 2013: Handelsblatt
  • 14 November 2013: Stern (online)
  • 14 November 2013: RWE (press release)


Eurofound (2013), RWE, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 76185, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76185.