Switzerland, Geneva: Following ABB’s announcement of the strategic restructuring of its transformer manufacturing business worldwide, there have been fears of job cuts at its Geneva traction transformer plant.
The company announced plans to consolidate its traction transformer production in Europe at its Lodz facility in Poland, continuing to manufacture prototypes and smaller quantities at its facility in Geneva, which will remain the centre of excellence for this technology and be an innovation centre for energy efficiency and sustainable mobility solutions.
According to a source familiar to finanzen.ch, the bulk traction transformer business is to be outsourced from Poland, which could affect up to 100 jobs in Geneva. As the source further disclosed, the jobs at ABB Sécheron (Geneva) will be reduced over a two-year period.
Another source confirmed up to 150 jobs will be affected, including 50 temporary positions. There have also been rumours of relocation of 180 jobs from ABB Sécheron to Poland.
This situation triggered a protest of around 130 employees of ABB Sécheron who walked out and rallied to criticize the lack of communication from the management. Previously, the chief manager of the Geneva factory, Jean-Luc Favre, had surprisingly resigned.
Unia, a Swiss trade union, announced a meeting between employee representatives and ABB HR managers has been scheduled for Monday.