European Commission intervenes in Micron Italian jobs case

April 01, 2014 // By Peter Clarke
Antonio Tajani, vice president of the European Commission for Enterprise and Industry, has written to the CEO and board of directors of memory chip company Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, Idaho) asking for a meeting aimed at saving jobs under threat at Micron's Italian subsidiary.

About 419 workers for Micron at mutliple sites in Italy face the sack after Micron decided it wanted to trim its Italian operation by about 40 percent to better align its resources with where it has manufacturing and customers. Negotiations have been taking place but the consultation period, required under Italian law, is due to end April 7, 2014.

The letter, dated March 31, 2014, asks Micron to defer any layoffs and calls for a meeting between Micron staff and the European Commission within the next two weeks.

Tajani concludes the letter by saying: "I would therefore like to propose to you a meeting with my staff and your staff in the upcoming two weeks in order to understand the reasons that take you to this decision. We would furthermore be glad to explain to you all funding programmes that could make the continuation of the activities even more convenient, while preserving the current level of employment. In the meantime I would be grateful if you could defer on the measure to reduce the number of Micron Europe's employees."