Philips moves some operations to Poland

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Dutch electronics giant Philips is to move part of its lighting division from Roosendaal in the south of the Netherlands to Poland, with the loss of 200 of the present 550 Philips jobs in the Dutch town.

Production of some TL lamps and professional energy-saving lamps will be moved to Poland but the latest generation of TL lamps will still be manufactured in the Netherlands.

Employees in Roosendaal were told of the plans on Thursday. Their union (FNV Bondgenoten) said “workers and FNV Bondgenoten feel like we’ve been swindled by Philips”.

The union says it wants an investigation into “the reason for the move to Poland and together with the workers will consider industrial action aimed at keeping jobs and ensuring excellent redundancy provisions”.

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