118 researchers of Philips Lighting will be dismissed in a few months.
Tuesday the employees were informed about the dismissal round. According to VHP2, one of the unions that represents highly educated employees of Philips Lighting, many employees ‘are in shock’ by the news. ‘We now get messages already, because several people think they are suffering as a result of this news’, Director Jorg Sauer of VHP2 says.
In total, about 350 people are working at the Research Department of Philips Lighting of which a third must leave. In 2015 The light division from the Eindhoven-based company split from the Royal Philips. The core business had to have more focus on health care and the light division went on independently. At that time large reorganizations were expected on the research department of the company but didn’t go ahead. Now, about 2.5 years later, the dreaded dismissals will take place.
The reason is still not clear. A spokesman for Philips Lighting says to the Eindhovens Dagblad (Eindhoven Daily Newspaper) that the company will help the employees who are victims of the dismissal round to help find new work.
Translated by: Bob