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Siemens employees stage protests over job cuts in Germany

Staff Writer |
Scores of employees from Germany’s industrial conglomerate Siemens on Friday staged protests outside company properties to vent their frustrations over plans to cut thousands of jobs.

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Workers blew horns, whistles and brandished placards outside Siemen’s headquarters in the German capital Berlin, while others hammered on oil drums outside a steam turbine plant in the eastern German town of Görlitz.

Siemens announced on Thursday that it would be cutting 6,900 jobs worldwide, with half of the losses to affect workers in Germany.

It said the move was in response to “the rapidly accelerating structural changes in the fossil power generation market and the commodity sector.”

More than 1,100 jobs were earmarked for cuts in other European countries – though the company did not say which ones – while in the United States some 1,800 jobs would be lost.

“The cuts are necessary to ensure that our expertise in power-plant technology, generators and large electrical motors stays competitive over the long term,” human resources chief officer Janina Kugel said.

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