Monday, November 21, 2011

Novartis workers stage flash strike over job cuts | InPharm

Workers at Novartis' Nyon facility in Switzerland carried out a strike to protest the closure of the plant, but called it off after one day when the company agreed to look at alternatives that might save jobs.

A total of 320 jobs could go if the Nyon over-the-counter (OTC) drugs facility shuts down, with another 760 Swiss jobs due to go at another chemical plant in Basel. All told, the company expects to slash its workforce by around 2,000 in Western markets, offset by the creation of around 700 positions in Asia.

The trade union representing many of the threatened Swiss workers - Unia - maintains that 2,000 jobs will be lost if Nyon closes, because so many local businesses rely on the wages generated by staff at the drugmaker. The group has warned that additional strike action may be taken in future.

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