On 27 December 2012, the Management Boards of PZU and PZU Życie announced the objectives of the restructuring plan for 2013, which was to cover mainly loss adjustment and finance areas, as well as support functions (administration, logistics, IT), but to a much lesser extent. On 13 February 2013, the Management Boards of PZU and PZU Życie announced the planned layoff in accordance with the Act of 13 March 2003 laying down special principles applicable to termination of employment contracts for reasons other than through the fault of employees (Journal of Laws No. 90 of 2003, item 844, as amended) (the “Act laying down special principles applicable to termination of employment contracts”).
On 28 February 2013, PZU, PZU Życie and their trade unions entered into an agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the employment restructuring process. The final version of the document was based on experience gained and solutions developed during similar negotiations in previous years.
The employment restructuring process was carried out as scheduled and it finally affected 2,244 employees of PZU and PZU Życie, while 538 individuals were laid off.
Similarly to all previous stages of the employment restructuring process (i.e. from 2010 to 2012), those employees who were laid off or refused to accept the proposed change of employment terms were offered more favorable terms of leaving the company than the ones provided for by the applicable regulations (Act laying down special principles applicable to termination of employment contracts). The amount of additional redundancy pay depended on the length of service with the PZU Group and the salary of each employee.
The total restructuring costs charged to the restructuring provision in 2013 amounted to PLN 39,568 thousand (throughout 2012: PLN 75,862 thousand), and the unused part of provision in amount of PLN 18,626 thousand has been released.
As at 31 December 2013, there were on provisions for restructuring costs (compared to PLN 58,194 thousand, as at 31 December 2012).