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Our telephone rang last Thursday : picked it up and a voice completely unknown to me breathlessly told me my 'co-ordinates' as they call them hereabouts had been given to her as someone who could/would help her.
After explaining that she was half Swiss-French, half Peruvian, she then told me her work at Merck-Serono who are closing their doors in Geneva with a loss of hundreds of jobs, is shortly coming to an end. Would I help her to rewrite her CV? Of course! She then sent this to me, and after an hour I sent it back to her corrected/augmented.
She asked how much I would charge. Under the tragic circumctances I said for her to just put a few Swiss stamps [which we need occasionally living so close to the border] into an envelope and send it with the post.
There has been no further communication from her, upset as she was, so I can only hope she is less stressed and is actively looking for work with the newly updated CV. Terrible thing when something like this happens.
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Old 08.05.2012, 17:55
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so you did the work this stranger requested and haven't received so much as a thank you?

first of all.. congrats to you for doing it in the first place.

secondly.. yes, I hope it's just stress and frantic job hunt has led her to forget her manners and you will receive appropriate thanks.

( I suppose many of us have been in that frantic stage being laid off and job hunting before )
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so you did the work this stranger requested and haven't received so much as a thank you?

first of all.. congrats to you for doing it in the first place.

secondly.. yes, I hope it's just stress and frantic job hunt has led her to forget her manners and you will receive appropriate thanks.

( I suppose many of us have been in that frantic stage being laid off and job hunting before )
No response yet, but in the circumstances, feel we have to give her time.
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Dear evianers,

If her head is in anything like the state mine is over this ######### mess then thanking you has probably slipped towards the bottom of a never ending 'to do' list.
So, on her behalf;

Thank You for helping someone in distress.

I'm sure she'll remember to do it herself eventually!
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Well done. But do you know gave your details to this person, and did they have your permission? If so great, but otherwise I'd be really cross and more, even if the intentions were admirable.
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Dear evianers,

If her head is in anything like the state mine is over this ######### mess then thanking you has probably slipped towards the bottom of a never ending 'to do' list.
So, on her behalf;

Thank You for helping someone in distress.

I'm sure she'll remember to do it herself eventually!
Hello

What is the situation at Merck Serono? Are the unions doing anything or simply telling people to look for jobs?
Frankly I do not understand, everything looked fine until now
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A long editorial in the Sunday edition of Le Matin. It seems Merck were still recruiting for Senior research posts until very recently, for starting dates for later this year??? Also an editorial about the 'brutality of the German model'. Mentioning huge cuts in personel for Lufthansa (3500), Metro (4000) and Neckermann (1400), as well as Q-sell.

A delegation of the Geneva personel was to go to Darnstadt today to talk to the employees and their representatives.

If anybody would like to receive those articles from Le Matin, (in French) I'll happily send them on (pm me your address).
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What is the situation at Merck Serono? Are the unions doing anything or simply telling people to look for jobs?
Frankly I do not understand, everything looked fine until now
The unions are doing their best, so far forcing Merck Serono to allow meetings on site and not penalising people for taking the time to attend. Although most of the employees are rallying round and fighting it's already noticable who is being evasive about things, so are singling themselves out as the ones who're being offered places elsewhere.

It's the Geneva authorities who are throwing their hands in the air and claiming there's nothing they can do, it's too late.
And that despite it coming out that at least one of them was aware of the problem in Februray and did nothing! His counter-part in Vaud was in talks with Merck the following day and seems to have saved their sites, at the cost of jobs in Geneva.

Everything was fine, the research department in Geneva out-performs the one in Darmstadt on every level.
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Re: Merck-Serono

In case those who are interested have not seen this :

Merck workers petition for Geneva site


Some workers at Geneva’s Merck Serono headquarters have started a petition against plans to close the site.
Labor union Unia and employees claim in the petition that including suppliers and temporary workers, 1,500 positions would be “sacrificed on the altar of profit.”
The groups want the petition to pressure authorities to negotiate over the plan to move the functions of the Geneva site to Germany.
1,250 jobs would leave Geneva, though Merck Serono said more than half of those workers would be offered jobs abroad.

It strikes me even though MS have offered more than half of the workers jobs abroad, how on earth do they expect people simply to up-stakes and move to either the US or Germany, bearing in mind most are francophones?
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In case those who are interested have not seen this :

Merck workers petition for Geneva site


Some workers at Geneva’s Merck Serono headquarters have started a petition against plans to close the site.
Labor union Unia and employees claim in the petition that including suppliers and temporary workers, 1,500 positions would be “sacrificed on the altar of profit.”
The groups want the petition to pressure authorities to negotiate over the plan to move the functions of the Geneva site to Germany.
1,250 jobs would leave Geneva, though Merck Serono said more than half of those workers would be offered jobs abroad.

It strikes me even though MS have offered more than half of the workers jobs abroad, how on earth do they expect people simply to up-stakes and move to either the US or Germany, bearing in mind most are francophones?
Please Note; Merck 'have not (yet) offered more than half the workers jobs abroad', they are claiming that they will be doing so eventually, but already admit privately that they expect the take-up of these positions to be around 10-15%. Which is what they want as they don't have the jobs to fill really.
For people moving to Darmstadt proposed salaries would be increased above local levels by 50% for the first two years to compensate for loss of earning power in Geneva, well above what co-workers in Darmstadt are earning. Can you imagine how welcoming the german workers are going to be to anyone that is 'lucky' enough to be offered a post there?

The petition can be up-loaded from the Unia.ch or ms-employees.org web-site here http://ms-employees.org/wordpress/wp...n-serono12.pdf

Solidarité Merckserono9 May 13:46 THE PETITION IS NOW AVAILABLE / Signer la pétition
Download the petition and collect as many signatures as possible using the following link:

This is not only for MerckSerono employees, this is for everyone.. If each one of the members in this group fills in a full sheet of paper and submits it, we will have over 10,000 signatures...

English: http://ms-employees.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Petition-English1.pdf

French: http://ms-employees.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/p%C3%A9tition-serono11.pdf

http://ms-employees.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Petition-English1.pdf
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if anyone's willing to help.

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Old 09.05.2012, 16:14
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Good to see that something is being done to protest about this. Expecting people to upsticks and move to Darmstadt is just crazy.
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Old 09.05.2012, 16:17
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Expecting people to upsticks and move to Darmstadt is just crazy.
I don't think they want or expect people to move at all, it's window dressing.
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Good to see that something is being done to protest about this. Expecting people to upsticks and move to Darmstadt is just crazy.
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I don't think they want or expect people to move at all, it's window dressing.
That's certainly the impression that's coming across.
They've cherry-picked the people they want for Boston and are hanging the rest of us out to dry.
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Re: Merck-Serono

An update on the woman who called me which has prompted this thread: she says the atmosphere in her office is awful. She is spending half her working hours doing proper work, and the other 50% applying for other positions. This could turn out to be fairly fruitless as the rest of the work force are doing exactly the same. She says that only the upper echelons are being offered alternative work in Germany, US and China[!] and that the rest of the workers will simply lose their jobs.
She said she would send the stamps as payment over the weekend. Sad.
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Oh Evianers that was very kind of you
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I heard they have offed people one months pay for every year they worked there, sounds quite generous & surprised nobody has mentioned it .

The downside is if you get a years pay , you won't get any unemployed pay for a year.
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I heard they have offed people one months pay for every year they worked there, sounds quite generous & surprised nobody has mentioned it .

The downside is if you get a years pay , you won't get any unemployed pay for a year.
Which is certainly fair enough. A year is more than enough time to look for new work, even in Switzerland, and there's no reason you should get unemployment pay if the employer is already compensating you.

I wonder what the average employment tenure there is though. How many people are getting 12 months pay and how many 2 or 3?
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Which is certainly fair enough. A year is more than enough time to look for new work, even in Switzerland, and there's no reason you should get unemployment pay if the employer is already compensating you.

I wonder what the average employment tenure there is though. How many people are getting 12 months pay and how many 2 or 3?
Well at 3 years is 3 months pay, most people in CH get nothing!
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A year may be not enough for a highly specialized researcher to find another job. Some would have to move to another country, and if there are any with husband and wife both working for MS, it is even worse.
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Which is certainly fair enough. A year is more than enough time to look for new work, even in Switzerland, and there's no reason you should get unemployment pay if the employer is already compensating you.

I wonder what the average employment tenure there is though. How many people are getting 12 months pay and how many 2 or 3?
A year may be enough for most people but not for researchers. There are almost no jobs and many people chasing them.
The state should help them retrain.
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