Pressed by the energy transition, Siemens removes 6900 posts

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Since 2013, Siemens had undertaken to reorient its activities, assignor appliances, and telecom networks, and then abandoning the nuclear and solar energy.

The German industrial Siemens announced on Thursday that it wanted to delete 6900 posts from 2020, half of which were in Germany, primarily in its branch energy shaken up by the rise in power of renewable energy.

 

After weeks of rumors within the group from munich, Siemens unveiled Thursday in a committee of the company for his response, ” structural changes in the production of fossil energy and the raw materials sector “, explains the group. In addition to the site closures and staff reductions planned by Germany, the plan provides for 1100 job cuts in the rest of Europe, and 2500 out of Europe, with 1800 in the United States.

 

This “all-out attack against the employees” is ” unacceptable given the excellent health of the company “, who just realized an annual profit of 6.2 billion euro, reported the German trade union IG Metall. Siemens, which had already carved in his branch energy during a previous restructuring plan in 2013, recalls of his side safeguard its competitiveness in the face of the increasing pressure that renewables pose to other energy sources.

 

The era of the fairy electricity produced by mégaturbines gas, which have made the fortune of German industrialist, lived : the global demand has drastically fallen for those huge machines, around 110 turbines per year, when the existing capacity is estimated to be 400 turbines, pleads Siemens. “Time is of the essence, and the faster we will come out of this situation, the better it will be for employees,” said Janina Kugel, director of human resources of the group, to 351 000 employees. According to Ms. Kugel, the negotiations must be completed before the end of 2018, while the first job cuts abroad must be implemented ” from 2020, but this could also spill over into 2021 or even 2022 “.

 

Siemens, as several industrial groups-germans, has the distinction of practicing “co-management “‘ management/employees, particularly on social issues. The German giant had already announced at the beginning of November the elimination of 6000 jobs in its joint venture, worldwide leader in wind energy, Siemens-Gamesa, due to a decline in sales. The rumors ranged from good to train on a black list of sites that needed to be closed in Germany, including a majority in the east of the country.

 

The German minister of the economy, the social-democratic party on the departure of Brigitte Zypries, had even written to the boss of Siemens to warn about the risks of feeding the discontent and doubts, which have been the breeding ground of the far right in the last elections in these regions is affected since the reunification of germany.

 

In Germany, the group wants to be close to the is its sites of Görlitz (720 jobs) and Leipzig (200 jobs), remove 300 jobs on its historical site in Berlin and 640 in Mülheim, as well as merge its units in Offenbach and Erlangen. It also planned to sell its Erfurt site.

 

The German giant has, however, to avoid layoffs by transferring as much as possible to the people affected by the restructuring to its 3200 vacancies. “We’re going to talk about with IG Metall of these voluntary measures, and I’m pretty optimistic “, launched to the press the director of human resources. The union has warned that, ” Siemens must prepare for a tough fight “. The powerful IG Metall announces the holding of events of magnitude in front of the threatened sites and ” means of resistance and creativity “, citing for example the refusal to perform overtime.

 

Since 2013, Siemens had undertaken to reorient its activities, assignor appliances, and telecom networks, and then abandoning the nuclear and solar energy. The German had wagered on the wind, who has seen the beginnings bafouillants. This strategy of the flagship of the historic power of German industrial worth to Siemens to be sometimes accused of becoming a ” holding company “, or a list of divisions lacking cohesion. “We can start to consider : Siemens reste-t-il a technology group built-in or is it only to satisfy the shareholders ?” asks the German union.

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