Employees at German seafood chain Nordsee are pulling out all the stops to prevent the relocation of the company’s headquarters in Bremerhaven, buten un binnen reported.

The food and drink trade union NGG, mayor Melf Grantz and the Nordsee council met on Oct. 22. In that meeting, the mayor offered to allow Nordsee discounted lease payment terms if it chose to remain.

In September, the company discussed the potential to merge its headquarters in Bremerhaven with the marketing department in Dusseldorf, Hamburg or a similar size city where payroll accounting could be outsourced to a service provider.

“It is clear that there should be a significant reduction in personnel and that the question of the future location of Nordsee headquarters remains unanswered,” Moritz Steinberger said, the union’s secretary.

Nordsee has been operating from Bremerhaven since 2015, when its parent group at the time invested €5 million ($5.8 million) in constructing the offices that accommodate about 150 people.

Dairy giant Muller Gruppe sold Nordsee to Swiss investment vehicle Kharis Capital in October 2018, after a series of takeover talks a year prior.

The fund management company has been targeting families looking for long-term investments in consumer goods, Manager Magazin reported.

The investments in the restaurant business are managed by a group of 20 senior executives, coordinated by CEO Alessandro Preda.

Kharis Capital acquired Belgian burger chain Quick in 2016, after taking over the franchise operations of Burger King in Italy, Greece, Poland and Romania.

The food and drink union will task another meeting on Nov. 20 to decide on the appropriate actions and make the interests of the employees "loud and clear."

It is still unclear how serious the management is about the relocation plans.

“We still cannot assess this realistically,” Steinberger said.