Astellas gives us all the shove

9 February 2007
Currently on sick leave because of a bad back, my response to the company's announcement yesterday afternoon that basically the entire Munich operations will be flattened by the end of this year is one more of apathy than shock or upset. I'm glad I'm not at work at the moment, while emotions are running rather high – only to be expected of course. You can't help but be bitter, despite the fact that we could all see it coming. You'd have to live in a cave not to realise that our days were numbered. But it still hurts and inevitably the employees' meeting yesterday – so it seems – turned rather evil at times. But shooting the messenger doesn't get us very far and seeing as those messengers have been lying to us for the last 18 months, there's not much point expecting it to change now. No regrets or even thanks were expressed by those messengers yesterday, apparently – perhaps that's what has hurt the majority of the soon-to-be-unemployed most?

"Project Galaxy" they're calling it ! I think the star-struck have gone just a bit too far on this one.

As the company's chairman & CEO announced:

"In order to complete the merger process between Yamanouchi and Fujisawa, Astellas is proposing the consolidation of its European R&D operation to a single site in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands……..
All these changes are proposed in order to support Astellas in pursuing the goal of contributing towards improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. I know that Astellas has a bright future in Europe, and I'm sure you will all make an effort to help the company through the implementation of these proposals."

Yes certainly, we'll all just bugger off!