Workers protest against moving jobs abroad
18 June 2004, NUREMBERG - Thousands of Siemens factory workers staged protests at plants across Germany Friday against corporate plans to relocate jobs abroad.
18 June 2004
NUREMBERG - Thousands of Siemens factory workers staged protests at plants across Germany Friday against corporate plans to relocate jobs abroad.
Peaceful protests were reported at 50 plants, according to IG Metall union representatives, who stressed that the protests took place during breaks and were not walkouts.
A major manufacturer of household appliances and home electronics, Siemens has warned it may have to eliminate 5,000 jobs in Germany or else shift them to less expensive sites in Eastern Europe and Asia. Siemens employs 170,000 in Germany.
The largest protest was in Berlin, where 2,500 workers took part in an impromptu march outside the giant Siemens factory there which employs 16,000.
Marchers handed out packets of rice-noodle and goulash soup mixes to passers-by in protest against the planned shift of jobs to China and Hungary.
Elsewhere, groups of workers ranging in size from a few dozen to a few hundred passed out leaflets and waved placards at factory entrances.
Subject: German news