Tuesday, January 17, 2012


IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)


EMCC case studies: Aiming for a ‘soft landing’ – Plansee Group (Austria) [17 January 2012]




[full-text, 20 pages]






This case study looks at the way in which the Plansee Group in Austria has sought to ensure a ‘soft landing’ for employees affected by the global economic downturn. Having seen a collapse in demand in 2008, primarily in the parts of its business supplying metal products to the ailing vehicle manufacturing industry, Plansee Group has nevertheless been able to avoid involuntary redundancies by making a significant investment in retraining and by making use of shorttime work arrangements.



Company Profile

Impact of the financial crisis

Regulatory and policy context

Soft restructuring and the Social Plan at Plansee

Lessons learned and conclusions





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Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell/ILR School                       

16 E. 34th Street, 4th Floor            

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