Layoffs at Dutch plant which sparked sexual revolution

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The Dutch town of Oss is reeling from the blow it has been dealt by a major employer, MSD, which is laying off half its workforce.

Following the announcement on Thursday that the drugs giant would close down its research and development sections and curb its production in Oss, the workers' council has reacted with dismay. Council chair, Nicole van Straten, told a local paper that she is hoping the affected workers will take action against the planned cuts at Organon, as the company is called locally.

The drugs producer became part of the international Merck Schering-Plough concern in 2007. MSP has said 2,176 of the 4,500 jobs in Oss will disappear.

The Pill The Organon factory developed the oral contraceptive drug Lyndiol in 1962 which played an important role in the Dutch sexual revolution of the 1960s. The Pill, as it became known, and its derivatives enabled women to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy.


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