Siemens Gamesa pulls back on dismissals threat in Spain

Unions are dropping the threat of a strike and returning to the negotiation table after the wind turbine manufacturer agreed to negotiate on voluntary redundancies.

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Negotiations between Siemens Gamesa and the country's Spanish employees have resumed, report Spanish media including El País. The wind turbine manufacturer has retracted its threat of dismissals - Expediente Regulador de Empleo - prompting unions to retract their threats of strikes from Dec. 11.

Shortly after the announcement one month ago that up to 6,000 employees would be dismissed globally, Siemens Gamesa announced that 408 of the dismissals would take place in Spain. However, this has since been adjusted to 272 dismissals in the current financial year. Union representatives walked away from negotiations dissatisfied not only with the dismissals themselves but the way in which they were handled.

"From day one, there have been problems with the information that the company has given us. When we sat down to discuss, we found out that the press knew more than us. Several times, employees have been given information at the same time as us. This violates Spanish law," says Jesús Fagúndez, union representative at Siemens Gamesa for the Spanish union CCOO's Siemens European Committee (SEC), reported EnergyWatch Monday.

The representative also criticized that Siemens Gamesa refused to carry out reductions via voluntary severance packages and similar measures. The wind turbine manufacturer has since agreed to consider these options.

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