DSM cuts 170 jobs in the Netherlands

Specialty chemicals company DSM scrapped 170 of the 3900 jobs in the Netherlands. Part of these redundancies are redundancies. A spokesperson of the group confirms this to 1Limburg.

Of 170 jobs, 120 will disappear in Sittard-Geleen. Another 50 jobs are at a division in Delft. The chemical company employs 3900 people in the Netherlands. “The jobs are disappearing throughout the group on the materials side,” says the spokesperson. Some of the vacancies will not be filled. Personnel who are retiring will not be replaced either. Worldwide, 200 jobs are disappearing at the company.

According to DSM, the market is changing, which in some places requires fewer personnel. The outbreak of the coronavirus has accelerated the changes.

Unpleasantly surprised

Two years ago, the company drew up a long-term social plan with the trade union FNV. “But it seems that DSM is now abusing that social plan to lay people off on the assembly line,” says union administrator Hettie Kijzers. She is unpleasantly surprised by the decision of the chemical group. “We didn’t make that plan for that.”

According to DSM’s spokesperson, the company’s works council has agreed to the plans. “We are not involved and feel sidelined,” says trade union leader Kijzers about it. She acknowledges that, after the positive advice of the works council, it can do little more for the employees who will suffer as a result of the dismissal round.