Switzerland - Watchmakers put pressure on working conditions and job security - May 31, 2016

Watch manufacturers are increasing shedding workers. Exports of luxurious watches are slowing as Chinese consumers are buying less, and a stronger currency is also hurting their business. Cuts have been made mostly in administrative jobs so far, but some skilled professionals are starting to feel the pressure, Trade union Unia that has started negotiations to minimise the number of workers to be dismissed admitted that job cuts included not only administrative staff, but also skilled workers who are responsible for major production work. In the watchmaking industry, skilled workers have long been provided sanctuary from job cuts resulting from temporary fluctuations in the market to allow for long-term training.

English: http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/As-China-slows-Swiss-watchmakers-cut-jobs

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