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ADtranz boss visits Switzerland amid fury over lay-offs

The boss of the German rail technology group, ADtranz, has suggested there may be a reprieve for two Swiss factories under threat of closure. ADtranz announced last week that more than 700 jobs would have to be axed.

This content was published on November 19, 1999 - 12:13

The boss of the German rail technology group, ADtranz, has suggested that there may be a reprieve for two of its Swiss factories under threat of closure. ADtranz announced last week that more than 700 jobs would have to be axed at Pratteln and Oerlikon, prompting outrage in Switzerland.

During a visit to Zurich, ADtranz boss, Rolf Eckrodt, apologised to workers for the way in which news of the job losses were made public. He said a leak had forced the company to act quickly.

And he said he was willing to consider alternatives for the threatened plants, on condition that the planned savings were still made.

Eckrodt brought forward his visit to Friday to deal with the furious response to the redundancies. He held talks with the management of Adtranz Switzerland before meeting trade union and cantonal officials.

On his arival, he was greeted by an angry protest by workers from the company’s factory in Oerlikon.

The company said last week that the redundancies were part of a necessary restructuring programme to cut costs and boost profitability.

The Swiss government, which accused Adtranz of opportunism, has been urged by the trade unions to step up the pressure on the German concern.




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