Internal restructuring
Est; Lorraine; Vosges
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17.12 - Manufacture of paper and paperboard

50 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 November 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 April 2016
Foreseen end date
30 April 2018


The Norske Skog Golbey paper mill has decided to launch a voluntary departure plan with 50 early retirements to reduce its workforce. According to management, about 50 employees over 56 years old could leave the company out of a total of 375 employees, reducing their working time before their departure into retirement. The plan was opened in November and the affected employees will have until April 2016 to decide if they want to enter in the scheme or not. The departures will start from April 2016 and end in April 2018. The unions CFDT and SUD agreed the plan, even though SUD considered it a “disguised social plan”. The restructuring plan aims to also invest in a bio-refinery that could create 40 new positions. According to management the aim is to maintain the competitiveness of the site, which is the highest in Western Europe. 


  • 7 November 2015: Vosges Matin
  • 5 November 2015: L'usine Nouvelle


Eurofound (2015), Norske Skog Golbey, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 85476, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/85476.