Germany: Thousands protest in Berlin against Siemens job cuts plan

Thousands of Siemens employees rallied in Berlin, Thursday, against jobs cuts proposed by the tech giant. Workers beat drums and chanted slogans during a rally outside the Estrel Hotel Berlin, where the executive board of Siemens was holding a meeting. The company plans to lay off thousands of workers globally, with half of the job cuts expected to fall in Germany. IG Metall Berlin, the... Еще largest workers union in Germany, voiced its concerns through its head, Klaus Abel. «Siemens wants to put people on the street, that is, they won't have a job any more,» said Abel. He added that IG Metall aims to prevent the lay-offs and «fight» so that employees keep their jobs. Last week, Siemens announced plans to cut some 6,900 jobs worldwide, half of them in Germany, reportedly due to a steep drop in new power-plant equipment orders.

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