Shortly before the planned sale of the Real supermarket chain to financial investors, Werner Klockhaus, Chairman of the Company's General Works Council, warns of a clear cut in the personnel. "The general works council is expecting around 10,000 unemployed," said Klockhaus in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung. "That means almost every third position is in acute danger. It will be a drama." Real currently employs approximately 34,000 people. Metro AG, Real's parent company, plans to sell all 277 Real stores in Germany to the German-Russian consortium X-Bricks at the end of January.
According to Klockhaus, most employees would lose their jobs due to branch closures. "Around 50 or more closing markets can be assumed," said the head of the general works council, who is also the deputy chairman of the Metro supervisory board. "If you count 120 employees per market, that would be 6,000 employees who lose their jobs," said Klockhaus.
An estimated 4,000 more unemployed would be added if X-Bricks passed the real markets on to competitors and shut down these entire departments. "The employees there will then no longer be required and will probably be dismissed for operational reasons," said Klockhaus. The central administration in Düsseldorf, the logistics, advertising and IT department would also stand before the end. "After the sale, nothing will be the way it was," predicts Klockhaus.
The General Works Council criticizes the government's inaction. "I believe that politicians completely underestimate the situation with Real's sales. There were many discussions with politicians from all levels, including with Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil, who unfortunately have not helped us so far," regrets Klockhaus. So far, he has heard nothing from Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier about real sales, although this will have a significant impact on the market concentration in German food retailing.
One reason for the reluctance of politics is that nobody wants to create a scenario like the sale of the supermarket chain Kaiser's Tengelmann. At that time, the sale dragged on for years because of government interference. "Ultimately, we, Real's employees, are disappointed with politics," says Klockhaus.
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