Novartis slashes 8,000 jobs worldwide
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Under that plan, the company aims to simplify its structure, among other things gathering oncology and other pharmaceutical activities in a single division.
No figures were initially given for the layoffs, but Swiss media reported the global number Tuesday, and also said the company planned to slash 1,400 jobs in Switzerland -- about 12 percent of its workforce in the country.
In an email sent to employees, Novartis chief Vas Narasimhan explained the company's new structure, which he promised would be "both leaner and simpler".
But this "will unfortunately entail layoffs," he wrote, according to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.
Some jobs will be transferred to the Czech Republic and to India, but others, which become superfluous with the restructuring, will be eliminated, it said.
"We recognise the impact these changes will have on our people," he said, vowing that the company would "ensure we meet all requirements for employee consultation, via representative bodies where applicable, and provide outplacement and career counselling support to those who are impacted."
The company said in April that this restructuring plan would leave it with $1 billion more in its coffers by 2024, from selling off divisions, cutting administrative expenses and overall cost-savings.