Ericsson has announced 820 redundancies in Kumla and Borås and it is now definite that production will end completely in Kista. Sixty employees will remain in Kumla to work on developing new 4G technology.
Anders Ferbe, chair of the union IF Metall, is critical of the decision, calling it the wrong strategy. “It is terrible that Ericsson wants to starve itself out of the problem. I had hoped that they would display more of an offensive,” says Anders Ferbe.
SvD reports that enterprise minister Mikael Damberg (S) has promised action although the details are unclear. “Unfortunately this decision was expected. But that is hardly comfort for those people and families that are affected. I now expect Ericsson to take responsibility and help employees on to their next jobs,” says Mikael Damberg.
He says that once the government knows the full extent of the redundancies they will present what they can do to strengthen the IT and telecoms cluster in Sweden.