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There could be a deal to be made for the Merck Serono headquarters in Geneva, according to Philip Jennings.
Jennings is the Secretary General of the UNI Global Union, which is affiliated with 900 trade unions worldwide.
He told the Tribune de Genéve that a deal for the Merck Serono site could mirror one struck between Novartis and officials in the canton of Vaud, offering a suite of benefits to keep the site open.
For that to happen, Jennings said there needs to be a “Geneva Spring” with workers, the public and politicians rallying behind the cause.
Merck announced 1,250 jobs in Geneva would go as it moves its headquarters to Germany.
More than half of those employees will reportedly be offered positions abroad.