Internal restructuring
Zuid-Nederland; Noord-Brabant; Noordoost-Noord-Brabant
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.13 - Production of meat and poultry meat products

43 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 July 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
4 July 2018


The Anglo-Dutch producer of food and household products  has announced a reduction of 43 out of 335 permanent positions over the next two years at its Unox soups and sausage plant in Oss. It is investing in automation of processes and reorganising work in such a way to make employees more independent and able to do multiple tasks in production. Employees will receive training to this end, but the number of jobs in production will be decreased. The company has expressed its hope to achieve the number of reductions through voluntary dismissals and natural attrition, but does not rule out forced dismissals. A trade union representative of one of the smaller Dutch trade unions, De Unie, is sceptical about the dismissals and observes that in the past ten years Unilever has cut three quarters of their workforce in the Netherlands: from 10,000 positions in 1997 to the current 2,500 (or 3,200 according to Unilever). The reductions in Oss have been announced after planned offshoring of between 180 and 200 persons among ICT staff at the Dutch head office in Rotterdam was rejected by the central works council.


  • 4 July 2016: fd.nl
  • 4 July 2016: Unilever
  • 4 July 2016: Nos.nl


Eurofound (2016), Unilever, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 88163, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88163.