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Siemens to Cut 1,000 Jobs in Austria?

Published: May 24, 2013; 16:06 · (Vindobona)

No official figures were disclosed. However, there are “programs”, which have to be negotiated with employees, according to a spokesman.

Siemens to Cut 1,000 Jobs in Austria? / Picture: © Siemens AG

Up to 1,000 jobs could be axed at three Austrian location, newspaper Standard reports. At the central office in Vienna up to 500 jobs could be cut. Oberösterreiche Nachrichten reports about 400 posts being at risk at VAI in Linz while in Weiz up to 100 jobs are supposed to be abolished.

The central office of Siemens in Vienna has not made any concrete statements yet. Siemens spokesman Stockbauer announced that no plans have been disclosed so far. However, he confirmed that because of the current economic circumstances programs were developed which will be negotiated with employees.

Industrial plant constructor Siemens VAI in Linz will start negotiations between the Works Council and management about a social plan on Monday, according to head of the Works Council Gerhard Bayer. According to staff representatives up to 400 employees – 250 out of the permanent workstaff and the rest out of the temporary workstaff – will have to leave the company. Siemens has not commented on that yet. On Friday, staff representatives intend to publish an open letter to the management of the company. On Monday, chairman of the supervising board Werner Auer will attend a session of the Works Council, Bayer explained. He announced his intention to express the employees’ discontent and negotiate about a social plan with Auer.

There has also been dissatisfaction over the communication of the issue. The fact that 250 employees from the permanent workstaff will be fired has been forwarded to the Works Council only one and a half hours before the employees meeting on Tuesday, according to Bayer. The management has made clear that it will cut half of the temporary jobs. However, Siemens VAI did not want to coment on the figures.