Owned by Tauron Group, Tauron Wydobycie just reached an agreement with labor unions wich will allow company’s employees to voluntarily leave work with adequate compensation. The programme will be launched for a period of 6th August till 15th October and is addressed mainly to employees that are just about reaching the pension age.

Programme includes also terms and conditions for other employees to voluntarily leave work, but in their case they will be entitled only to one-time payment. Łukasz Brzózka, CEO of Tauron Wydobycie claims that the programme is neccessary to adjust the level of employment for the forecasted economical, technological and market conditions, but he did not revealed the amount of predicted savings. It is estimated, that around 200 employees will use the opportunity given by the programme and leave company by October.

The situation is caused mainly by the loss generated by Tauron Wydobycie in 2014. Although in 2013 company was still making profit (65.7 million PLN), year after the loss accounted for 6.8 million PLN (with 1.19 billion PLN of revenue).

Tauron Wydobycie, formerly Południowy Koncern Węglowy is a company operating two mines with annual production of 5 million tonnes of hard coal. It was acquired by Tauron Group in 2013. TW is supplying Tauron’s power and heating plants with nearly half of the company steam coal demand and is an important element of Tauron’s self-sufficiency strategy.

The similar strategy might be soon followed by Enea, Poland’s fourth largest energy producer. Krzysztof Zamasz, CEO of Enea took an interview which started rumours about company taking over either LW Bogdanka (which is the main supplier for Enea’s power plant in Kozienice) or Katowicki Holding Węglowy.