April 20 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has reached an agreement with employees’ representatives that will see the wind turbine maker reduce its workforce in Germany by 213 people by end-2019.
The agreement covers reconciliation of interests and a social plan for the affected workers. The job cuts will be made by the end of November 2019, while operating terminations should be avoided if possible, it was announced on Thursday. Most of the redundancies will be made in Hamburg and Bremen, while workers at the Cuxhaven offshore wind nacelle plant, which was opened last year, will not be affected.
"The reconciliation of interests and the social plan achieved with the employee representatives provides for a solution that is as socially acceptable as possible," said Marc Becker, managing director of Siemens Wind Power GmbH & Co KG, the Siemens Gamesa unit affected.
The job cuts are part of a restructuring programme unveiled last November under which Siemens Gamesa will cut up to 6,000 jobs globally. The company said at the time that the move was “a necessary step to strengthen the group and consolidate its position as a market leader.”
Overall, the planned lay-offs will affect workers in 24 countries, Siemens Gamesa said previously. The wind turbine maker has already reduced its headcount in several European countries, the US and Canada. At the start of 2018, it said it will make redundant 202 of its workers at the blade manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.