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Philips turns off the lights in Plauen

(PresseBox) (Brussels, ) On Monday 19 July workers from the Philips Plauen site (Saxony, East Germany) will demonstrate in Eindhoven (Netherlands) against an intended allocation of the production of H4 light bulbs to Pabianice in Poland and the resulting loss of 150 out of the 400 jobs in Plauen.

The demonstration kicks off at 09H00 from Eindhoven Central Station and the marchers will pass a number of historical Philips sites on their way to the Philips Lighting headquarters at the Mathildelaan.

The demonstration is being organised by the German union IG Metall, assisted by the European Metalworkers' Federation, and the organisers expect between 300 and 400 people to take part.

The Narva light bulb factory in Plauen has been in existence for 62 years and was taken over by Philips in 1991. Philips Plauen is a profitable enterprise and the factory is of major importance in an economically weak region. In fact, Philips is one of the largest employers in Plauen, so the relocation would have a huge impact.

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