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Mass redundancies down by 50% in 2010


The scale of mass lay-offs in the Polish economy declined by almost half in 2010, according to data from voivodship labour offices collected by Rzeczpospolita. A total of 33,900 workers lost their jobs through mass redundancies last year, down from 67,700 in 2009 (a drop of 49.9%).

The improvement was felt in all of the country's 16 voivodships. The steepest decline was noted in Podkarpackie, where the number of laid-off workers dropped to around 1,100 from nearly 6,600 the year before, when the region was badly hit by bankruptcies in the glass manufacturing sector. Sharp falls occurred also in Swietokrzyskie (down by 82%), Lubuskie (down by 75%), Slaskie (down by 72%), Podlaskie (down by 67%) and Opolskie (down by 65%). In Lodzkie and Wielkopolskie, too, the extent of the decline in the number of jobs lost through mass lay-offs was bigger than the national average. In Mazowieckie, which is home to most of the biggest companies and institutions and therefore typically tops mass-redundancy lists – the figure dropped by almost a fourth.

Mass lay-offs are falling thanks to improving economic conditions, but ongoing restructuring programmes at big companies mean that thousands of jobs will be lost through redundancies this year as well. For example, car maker FSO in December signalled that it would slash 1,700 jobs in the coming months, PKO BP, the banking group, aims to slash 1,150 positions by the end of the year, while Poczta Polska, the state postal service, wants to cut up to 5,000 jobs in 2011.

See also the news item 'Unemployment rate rises to 12.3% in December'.

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