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German, French Unions Meet over Aventis, Sanofi Merger

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13 July, 2005

German IGBCE, French FCE CFDT and EMCEF, the European workers’ federation in chemical, energy and mining sectors, met in Paris 4 May and issued a declaration on the impending Sanofi-Synthelabo and Aventis pharmaceutical merger. The combined firm’s two biggest unions vowed to prevent site closures and job loss, maintain existing rights and obligations, and asks that the new management team be innovative inside the framework of existing social dialogue.