SalMar to lay off hundreds of processing staff

Salmon moving down a processing line in a SalMar plant.

Kverva, Norway-based farmed salmon group SalMar has today, 14 November, 2022, sent notice of layoffs to 851 employees at its processing facilities in Frøya and Senja, blaming the move on the 40 percent salmon tax proposal introduced by the Norwegian government.

The proposed tax, SalMar said, has destroyed the market for long-term fixed-price contracts. The group said such contracts are usually entered into well in advance of deliveries and are “absolutely necessary” to fill its facilities with enough processing activity.

In total, 748 employees at InnovaMar in Frøya and 103 employees at InnovaNor in Senja will be laid off. Of those groups, 696 employees work in secondary processing at the two facilities, and the remaining 155 work in slaughtering positions ... 

Photo courtesy of SalMar

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