19 June 2012 19:40 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with comments from Swiss labour union)
Angestellte Schweiz said that Merck’s rejection of proposals - by the company’s workers council and unions - to avoid the closures of Merck Serono’s pharmaceuticals sites in
Merck’s rejection reinforced the union's stance to take the company to court for alleged violations of Swiss labour laws over the planned closures, it said. The case is expected to be decided in the autumn, it added.
“The fact that the consultations between company and union did not yield results raises the suspicion that the management of Merck Serono was never interested in a modern social partnership [with its workers],” the union said.
Merck, which had announced the measure in March, said that the proposals by the council and union representatives were not practicable.
Merck plans to transfer 750 of the 1,250 positions at its Serono pharmaceuticals business in
In addition, about 80 positions will be cut at Coinsins and sites in Aubonne and Corsier-sur-Vevey. The manufacturing operations currently based in Coinsins will be relocated to Aubonne, the company said.
“This restructuring process involves tough measures, but these are essential to safeguard the future of Merck Serono,” said Stefan Oschmann, executive board member of Merck and head of the Serono business.
Merck acquired Serono in 2006. Following the closures, Merck will continue to employ close to 1,000 people in
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