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Sony Ericsson to cut 450 jobs in Lund

TT/David Landes · 16 Dec 2009, 07:42

Published: 16 Dec 2009 07:42 GMT+01:00

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While the company hasn’t formally given notice about the impending layoffs, the 3,000 Sony Ericsson's employees in Lund were informed of the coming staff cuts during a Tuesday morning meeting, the Sydsvenskan newspaper reports.

The downsizing is set to take place in the middle of 2010, and will also affect up to 200 consultants

“That’s the stated objective,” said Sony Ericsson spokesperson Aldo Liguori to the TT news agency.

According to Liguori, the reductions in Lund are part of a global cost-savings package which the company presented in April.

“We’re now going to raise the issue with unions and put forward a formal redundancy notice,” said Liguori.

Exactly when formal notice will be given and which parts of Sony Ericsson’s Lund operations will be affected remains unclear.

In being told of the impending cuts, Sony Ericsson employees were told the changes were meant to help ensure quality improvements to the company's mobile phones in the future.

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"It's no secret we've had problems in recent years, including with the software in the telephones," said Liguori.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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09:13 December 16, 2009 by åkpåse
'Sony Ericsson employees were told the changes were meant to help ensure quality improvements to the company's mobile phones'

I'm not sure how reducing a company's workforce by 15% results in quality improvements?
11:00 December 16, 2009 by Twiceshy
Sony Ericsson is circling the bowl.

I've lost count on the number of articles about Sony Ericsson layoffs, financial losses and loss of market share.

They lost their edge and are now a small player in the mobile phone market.
12:14 December 16, 2009 by karex
Perhaps if they weren't twice as expensive as the closest competitor while still maintaining the same questionable level of quality their sales might be boosted.

If you want to charge more, you have to offer more.
12:53 December 16, 2009 by bettan1

The problem is, when you have a massive over inflated socialist system as this country has with it's outrageous sales tax, excessive employee handouts, a Union system that will support and fight for any employees who are total flakes , no company here is going to be competitive.
13:18 December 16, 2009 by EP

Completely agree. There is a lot of deadwood at Sony Ericsson.

One needs quality and not quantity ...
15:20 December 16, 2009 by GefleFrequentFlyer

Bingo. I'm surprised many traditional swedish businesses have made it as long as they have already.
16:12 December 16, 2009 by SuperDuperE
Too many crappy engineers over there.
16:54 December 16, 2009 by richardbw
I agree that there needs to be more flexibility in the job market in Sweden, make it easier to fire and you make it easier to hire. However, I disagree with one comment; Swedes are not 'flakes' with or without the 'massive over inflated socialist system' (karex, 12:53). The USA-centric assumption here seems to be give a worker an inch and he'll take a mile, but that is not the case with Swedes (unlike the French, the Brits or Americans excluding Canadians). That is why the 'massive over inflated socialist system' actually works quite well in Sweden. The Swedes are just a little less self-centred in my experience...
18:40 December 16, 2009 by xykat

I have lived here for many years. I actually think the government needs to crack down on employers abusing the "temp" thing.

I have not had a permanent job for 6 years and I am a foreigner. I know many Swedes who are also in the same situation. I think if I went back to my home country I could probably manage to get a stable job for awhile. Not having stable employment has made my life extremely difficult in Sweden.
21:58 December 16, 2009 by 2394040
China must be mollified, whatever the cost. Thus saith the New World Order.
03:00 December 17, 2009 by lingonberrie

You beat me to the comment that you made.

Good, glad to see someone who still thinks like a Swede .

This is still Sweden, but Sony Ericsson is following the disastrous American model that several of the comments here seem to relish, even as that country is in the grips of 10.8% unemployment, with 15 millions unemployed, with millions without homes, and 50 millions without heath-care, and with their population finally becoming restive and looking for alternatives to their vicious Capitalism.

"Socialism" here never looked so good, but Sweden must get away from emulating the abysmal American system. .
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