Axed Actavis workers: GonziPN betrayed us!

The Research and Development department at Actavis, the largest pharmaceutical company based in Malta will be closing by the end of the year, with the result that 64 employees will be given the axe.

Mr Sergio Vella - Vice President Manufacturing Western Europe of Actavis told www.maltastar.com that there are 60 employees not 64 that currently will have their employment terminated, by the end of this year. Mr Vella gave two main reasons why the American company Watsons, that recently took over Actavis, decided to take this drastic decision, however he added that they are going through a consulation process.

"There is an over capacity in the Research and Development (R&D) department in branches held around the world. Moreover, the other reason is that the technology used here in Malta is different than what the mother company has in the network in other countries," Mr Vella explained.

Mr Vella added that 38 workers have recently lost their jobs in the branch in Athens, Greece and also in Florida, USA.

When contacted General Workers' Union (GWU) noted that not all the employees are covered by the collective agreement, since most of the employees that work in the R&D Department are in a mangerial position.

However disgruntled employees immediately contacted the Union for support. The affected employees said they felt cheated and betrayed by GonziPN. Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi during The Big Debate organised by The Times of Malta on 26 February mentioned explicitly the company Actavis and boasted that it is one of the companies that is flourishing in Malta. 

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Comments (5)

Carmelo R.Grima

- Thu 07-Mar-2013, 23:25

Whom ever got in touch with Gonzi
get the booth.History repeat itself

ta kafkaf

- Thu 07-Mar-2013, 17:59

Dear all
when PL comes to power next week, I am afraid many businesses will shed workers because this is the underhand PN masuneria at work. It happened before in 1996..I know what I'm saying. Keep strong and resist..if business doesn't want to opearte Government can take over..

Zoltan

- Thu 07-Mar-2013, 17:05

I don't think that Gonzi betrayed the employees. It's more likely that he and Tonio Fenech were either asleep on the job or distracted by the long holidays they took last year just to extend their stay in office. Luckily, in just 48 hours, a new and more proactive administration may be in place to do something for these workers.

Kilo Mike

- Thu 07-Mar-2013, 15:35

Welcome to the "betrayed by Gone-zi PN club!

In 2008 Air Malta employes recieved a written guarantee for their jobs. Today, 2013 not only 511 staff have been laid off but some of their jobs filled by FOREIGNERS! I am not talking about CEO position but as accountants!!!

Golu

- Thu 07-Mar-2013, 15:14

Kieku tista' tigih wahda tajba lil Gonzi, dan ghaliex kif jghid il-Malti meta taqa' targa titgerbeb it-tarag kollu