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Hightech Strategy for OSRAM: Seitz to accompany Conclusion of the Future Concept with the IG Metall and Works Councils

After long negotiations with the IG Metall and the works councils, OSRAM agreed to a key issues paper for the future of the German production sites yesterday.

After long negotiations with the IG Metall and the works councils, OSRAM agreed to a key issues paper for the future of the German production sites yesterday. This was preceded by a review of all production capacities worldwide. OSRAM continues its transformation by collecting the most modern technologies at its German locations. The bases for this are the key points of the "OSRAM Future Concept," which the company concluded with the employee representatives. OSRAM was supported by Seitz in labor law matters for this large project. As part of the transformation, the employment structure in Germany will change. Overall, the number of jobs in Germany will increase over the coming years.

The agreement on the key points of the "OSRAM Future Concept" with the employee representatives under inclusion of the IG Metall provides an important basis for the further development of the company and its German sites to offer modern digital lighting solutions. The primary focus is on the sites in Berlin and Schwabmünchen. This is where OSRAM experiences strong declines in volume for its traditional business which may threaten the existence of the sites in the medium term. The key issues paper covers all German sites and regulates the future of a total of approx. 6,400 employees.

The key issues paper will be implemented in negotiations with the employee representatives over the coming months and is also of international relevance for locations in the US and Asia.

Prior to the conclusion of the future concept with the IG Metall and the works councils, a new and extensive production and future program was concluded with the works council for the Traunreut plant with the support of Seitz to ensure the sustainability of the location. Under the concluded reconciliation of interests, approx. 250 jobs will be lost at the site. According to the agreement, the workforce reduction in Traunreut shall primarily be achieved through a partial retirement and volunteer program.

After the carve-out of the lamp business and the sale of LEDVANCE to a Chinese consortium, the conclusion of the future concept with the IG Metall and the works councils will be the third large project in two years supported by Seitz.


OSRAM Labor Law Advisors

Seitz: Dr. Stefan Seitz, Dr. Marc Werner, Philipp Zeller, Dr. Johannes Traut
Inhouse: Joachim Petzold

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