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Canada Sanofi. Unions protest against job cuts

16:55  29 june  2020
16:55  29 june  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The unions of the pharmaceutical group Sanofi criticized the plan to cut 1,700 jobs in Europe, including a thousand in France.

The French unions of Sanofi criticized Friday June 26 the plan of the pharmaceutical group to cut 1,700 jobs in Europe , including a thousand in France, a plan "unthinkable" for the CFDT , "unacceptable and ashamed ” for the CGT .

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"It is unthinkable for us. We can’t understand, we don’t agree and we’re going to fight these unnecessary job cuts. What are they used for? protested Florence Faure, coordinator CFDT (first union at Sanofi).

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Worried about the announcement of this plan “in an anxiety-provoking climate currently for all employees of the group” and a week after the suicide of an employee at her workplace in Gentilly (Val-de-Marne) , the CFDT manager pointed out that "humans are tossed around" by the group strategy "announced in December" , which is causing these job cuts. “Management takes responsibility. We have warned them enough ”, she added.

"We have no more words because we are in permanent restructuring"

With this new plan, "it is the continued dismantling of the group and the outsourcing of activities. Sanofi wants to move from a total of 300 drugs for sale to only a hundred ", said " very angry " Thierry Bodin, CGT coordinator (3rd union).

"The group only wants to keep what is most profitable" and "to withdraw from the least profitable drugs, even if they have a major therapeutic interest. It's health for the money ", he accused.

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"It is catastrophic, unbearable, unacceptable and shameful. We have no more words as we are in permanent restructuring ", denounced Thierry Bodin. The latest workforce reduction plan , announced in June 2019 (nearly 470 job cuts in research and development in France and Germany, including nearly 300 in France), "is still in progress" , he said. "This plan is not over until management announces a new one" , he criticized.

“In ten years, we go from eleven to three research and development sites”

With the impact of the new plan, in ten years, we go from eleven to three research and development (R & D) sites in France for the pharmaceutical part of Sanofi, he worried. And "the government says nothing, lets go" , while Sanofi receives "each year 110 to 120 million euros in research tax credit" . " Emmanuel Macron knew about when he went to visit the Marcy-l'Étoile (Rhône) factory last week" , he said.

After a presentation on Friday 26 June to the European group committee of Sanofi, this new reorganization will be presented on Monday 29 June to the France group committee, before “CSE (social and economic committee) in each entity in early July” , according to Thierry Bodin.

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