Berlin, Nov 23 (EFE). - Siemens workers protested in Berlin today at the announcement of the German industrial group to implement a restructuring plan that will reduce 6,900 jobs around the world, half of them in Germany and 1,100 in the rest of Europe.
A hundred cars with banners against the cuts toured the center of the capital, where today the annual meeting of Siemens works councils is held in Germany, and the social democratic leader, Martin Schulz, met with the workers to show them their support.
"Get big profits and at the same time close plants: what Siemens is doing is not social, it's irresponsible, we are on the side of the workers," Schulz said. your Twitter account.
Speaking to the newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the president of the IG-Metall union, Jörg Hofmann, called on the group's management to invest in job creation and he warned that his organization "is going to set it up", although he pointed out that the strike is the last resort of protest.
The president of the Siemens works council, Birgit Steinborn, assured that they are not against a structural transformation of the group, but that it is done "at the expense of the employees"
Siemens plans especially affect several German regions, for example, the closure of two plants in the State of Saxony and the cut of 870 jobs in Berlin is foreseen.
To the registered protests in Saxony has been added in the last week also the regional prime minister, Bodo Ramelow, who has denounced that the cuts hurt especially east of Germany, with less industrial development than the west.