Mbeya Cement to cut jobs

Hundreds of jobs at Mbeya Cement Company Limited will be slashed as the parent company, Lafarge of France plans to reorganize to contain European financial crisis.

In a statement on Wednesday, Lafarge said it will shed 460 corporate jobs of which 90 will be in France but workers will have to opt leaving the company.

“Lafarge has on Wednesday begun a procedure of information and consultation regarding the proposed reorganisation of its corporate functions and shared resources in France,” the statement said.

Lafarge which acquired 65 percent shares at MCC in 2001 through the country’s privatisation process, said it will cut jobs worldwide to align with the group’s new planned organisation made public last November.

Mbeya Cement factory in Songwe, Mbeya
“According to these plans, the group would be reorganized around an executive committee consisting of a performance function, chiefly responsible for the technical centers and engineering, information technology systems and the leadership of commercial and industrial performance,” the statement added.

The reorganization will also involve innovation, chiefly responsible for research and development, marketing and transformation with three Executive Vice Presidents Operations, whose mission will be supervising 42 operating entities. “The shift in the group’s center of gravity towards the countries would lead to a decentralization of corporate functions.

As a result, the outline of the new organization that is being announced today would entail a reduction of 460 corporate posts worldwide, of which 90 are in France,” the statement added. 

Last year, the local subsidiary launched new look products in bags adorned with Lafarge logo to officially usher the presence of the French construction material conglomerate.

The new bag with green and brown colours has hits the local market for the first time this week. 

The MCC General Manager Mbuvi Ngunze said during the launch of the bags in the domestic market that the new Tembo Cement bag was also improved to reduce leakages.
Source: The Daily News,www.dailynews.co.tz
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