Germany: Berlin Siemens workers join forces against Mulheim job cuts

Hundreds of workers of the German industrial manufacturing company Siemens formed a human chain outside its headquarters in Berlin, Monday, to protest against 741 possible job cuts in its Mulheim gas turbine plant. As he addressed the crowd, a workers' spokesperson said, «Since 2015, we have gone the extra mile with our gas turbine plant [...] And that is why it is a particular shock to all of... Еще us that once again an area of opportunity is placed in this position.» An IG Metall spokesperson stated that the Industrial Union of Metalworkers «will once again be on the side of the employees, also to secure a good perspective for this location and to secure steady jobs in the future.» The man added that, as the branch is fulfilling its duty, he expects that also Siemens, «the chancellor, the federal government, will fulfill this duty.» On Friday Mulheim's Siemens Works Council Chairman, Pietro Bazzoli, announced that 640 jobs would be cut, which was later allegedly extended to 741 due to miscalculation by the company. Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician and Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller, backed the workers' protest, describing Siemens' plans as «unacceptable.» On Thursday, Siemens confirmed 6,900 worldwide job cuts, half of which would be in Germany, along with the closure of three production plants due to the plummeting profits.

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