Sony Ericsson to cut 450 jobs in Lund

Sony Ericsson to cut 450 jobs in Lund
Sony Ericsson plans to reduce the workforce at facilities in Lund in southern Sweden by 15 percent, putting 450 of the mobile handset manufacturer’s employees out of work.

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.

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

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