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Workers at Merck-Serono headquarters in Geneva are threatening to strike.
More than 600 workers agreed at a general meeting to strike next Tuesday, if company management did not agree to extend a consultation period to find alternatives to planned lay-offs.
The workers and union Unia want a response by management by Monday.
Merck announced it planned to close the Geneva headquarters, and move operations to Germany.
About half of the 1,250 employees would be offered jobs abroad, though a consultation process for alternatives is currently planned to continue until May 16.
On Thursday, Geneva’s cantonal parliament voted for the government to do what it can to rescue Merck-Serono jobs at the Geneva site.
Lawmakers also voted to up support for the biotech sector.
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The Geneva shutdown was long overdue. Pathetic research, ridiculous lack of leadership. Now, those who were too lame to find new positions claim they will strike… let them.