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FAQ

Staff

How many employees does Südzucker have?
About 18,500, thereof 8,100 in the sugar segment.

Are the staff working at control station terminals experts?
Outside the campaign, plant operators are mainly concerned with plant maintenance and with implementing investment projects associated with their plant. Their precise knowledge of the plant at their factory is supplemented by a knowledge of process engineering.

Are the staff working at control station terminals experts?
Outside the campaign, plant operators are mainly concerned with plant maintenance and with implementing investment projects associated with their plant. Their precise knowledge of the plant at their factory is supplemented by a knowledge of process engineering.

What do the staff do after the campaign?
Industrial staff are mainly occupied in maintaining the plant and implementing investment projects.

How many people used to work in a sugar factory in former times?
In the 1950s and 1960s, a sugar works had between 400 and 1,000 staff.

Are apprentices trained?
There is a wide range of training places at Südzucker works: in clerical occupations or as an electronic technican, industrial mechanic, or chemical laboratory assistant. Apprentices account for over 10 % of the staff, which means that Südzucker is well above the German average in this respect.

How many apprentices are taken on by Südzucker after training?
Südzucker offers jobs to as many trainees as possible after their training. Experience has shown that skilled workers who have been trained by Südzucker also have excellent opportunities on the free labour market, because of the high quality of their training.

Are the staff represented by a trade union?
Staff are represented by the Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG) (Food, Beverages and Catering Workers' Union). Südzucker is governed by means of co-determination, and staff representatives occupy half of the positions on the supervisory board.

Does the sugar industry have its own collective wages and salaries agreement?
The collectively agreed pay of staff is mainly based on collective agreements with the Food, Beverages and Catering Workers' Union (NGG).

How is shift work organised?
There are a number of different shift arrangements at Südzucker, from 3-shift and 4-shift arrangements during the sugar beet campaign to 5-shift arrangements in all-year production segments.

Do staff work flexitime?
Yes.