Employees urge to speed up Germany's energy transition - report

(SeeNews) - Jan 9, 2013 - Around 700 employees of Germany's offshore wind industry and the shipyards have demonstrated in Hannover for a speed-up of the country's energy transition, maritimheute.de reported today.

According to Meinhard Geiken, a representative of trade union IG Metall, the planning chaos at the federal government should be put to an end. Because of it, billion-investments are delayed and thousands of jobs in the offshore sector are endangered, he added.

Offshore wind turbine equipment supplier Siag Nordseewerke and Hamburg-based shipbuilder Sietas Werft are especially hit as the two companies are undergoing insolvency and the future of their employees remains unclear. If the energy transition does not pick up speed, many other companies would also have problems, Geiken added.

IG Metall has demanded David McAllister, governor of the state of Lower Saxony, to finally deal will the saving of Siag Nordseewerke.

Germany's transition towards renewable energy comes in the wake of the government's decision to phase out nuclear power in the country.

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