Israeli Unions Warn Teva Pharm Over Plan to Close Ashdod Plant

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Israel's main labor federation intends to take labor or legal action against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries if the drugmaker does not suspend a decision to close a plant in the Israeli port city of Ashdod, it said on Sunday. Debt-laden Teva, the world's largest generic drugmaker and Israel's biggest company, said last week that it would close the unprofitable plant in March 2019 after failing to find a buyer for the facility, the International New York Times reported on a Reuters story. Half of the factory's 175 workers would lose their jobs in the coming months, with the rest continuing to work until the plant closes. In a letter to Teva's management, the Histadrut federation said the company's decision was contrary to a prior declaration that it would retain most of its activities in Israel. The federation said it had been in contact with potential buyers of the plant who said that their requests to enter deal talks had been ignored. A Histadrut spokesman declined to name the potential buyers but said there were two such offers. Read more. (Subscription required.)