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Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to cut 12,000 jobs by 2019

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The chief of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) said it will slash 12,000 of its workforce by 2019 as part of efforts to revive its struggling core business.

“We are planning to reduce the number of employees to a similar level to 2009 and 2010 when management efficiency was the highest,” DSME CEO Jung Sung-leep said in a press conference.

According to Jung, the nation’s second largest shipbuilder had around 30,000 employees, including vendor firms, and generated 12 trillion won ($9 billion) annual revenue in its boom time.

In 2015, the company posted similar revenue figures, but its workforce jumped to 45,000. As of March this year, the number was reduced to 42,000 following restructuring.

Criticizing the company’s lax corporate culture, Jung said, “Until recently, I have noticed many employees, who are self-centered and built a wall not to cooperate with others. With such a corporate culture, improving productivity is of no use.”

The shipbuilder, however, will not radically slash headcount but will do it gradually over the next few years. For instance, by adjusting the number of employees in its production unit, according to the company’s head.

When it comes to business performance this year, Chung is confident of a turnaround in the first quarter of this year, projecting 500 billion won in operating profits.

“A recession in the offshore plant industry was the biggest factor behind the loss of 5.5 trillion won last year. But we expect to deliver nine offshore plants this year, although there may be some obstacles in the process.

“Additional loss or uncertainty in other maritime and wind power projects has almost cleared,” he added.

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