November 19, 2017 / 7:29 PM / a year ago

Siemens workers could go on strike over planned cuts -Sueddeutsche

FRANKFURT, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Siemens workers might go on strike over thousands of job cuts the engineering conglomerate plans mostly in its gas turbine division, a leading labour representative told a German newspaper.

“Should management stick to its plans we will continue with the means available to us as a trade union,” Juergen Kerner, a board member at IG Metall, Germany’s largest union, who also sits on Siemens’s supervisory board, told Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

“In this context, we do not rule out industrial action, or strikes, as a last resort.”

Siemens on Thursday announced it would cut about 6,900 jobs, or close to 2 percent of its global workforce, mainly at its power and gas division, which has been hit by the rapid growth of renewables. (Reporting by Christoph Steitz, editing by David Evans)

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