Taiwanese-owned factory announces layoffs just two months after going into full operation

A Taiwanese-owned factory in central Bohemia has announced layoffs, just two months are going into full operation, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reported. The company Foxconn employs 1,000 people in Kutná Hora and had said it was planning to hire 4,000 more. However, on Tuesday the firm said it would let 300 of its workers go by the end of the summer. A spokesperson said Foxconn was making the workers redundant because the town would not sell the company land beside the factory on which it wanted to build a satellite town. That suggestion is denied by the Kutná Hora authorities, who say the local zoning laws need to be changed before any such project can go ahead.

Author: Ian Willoughby