Siemens Gamesa workers complain all their jobs are “at risk”


Unions have held a rally asking the workforce to join in in light of expected “poor economic outcomes.” The European Commission, for its part, has announced that it is aiming for a “huge increase” in the deployment of wind infrastructure in the European Union.

Employees and union representatives of Siemens Gamesa have done so concentrated this Tuesday in front of the company’s headquarters Zamudio (Bizkaia) to denounce that all the company’s jobs are in Euskadi “to run a risk”.

The concentration, called for by the trade union branches of CCOO, UGT and ELA It has also served to demonstrate, as union representatives have denounced, that the situation in the company “is so serious that we have to shake the tree and become aware of it in order to allow the voice of the workers to belong”.

At this point they have emphasized that, given “poor economic results” Planned, the unions call on staff to become ‘strongly’ involved in all actions and mobilizations that will take place from now on, with a view to predicting adjustments that these losses may entail for the company’s three factories in Euskadi, located in Zamudio and Mungia (Bizkaia) and in Asteasu (Gipuzkoa).

In this sense, UGT FICA expressed a week ago its fear of “the major impact” of the decisions that Siemens Energy, the current owner of Gamesa, could make on November 21, the date on which it will celebrate its anniversary. Capital market day.

In a statement, UGT recalled that it had met with Siemens Gamesa CEO Jochen Eickholt on September 20 to find out the status of the company, although “none of the key questions were answered”, apart from reporting on the loss of contracts. worth 1 billion euros in the last quarter and the company’s estimated loss forecast of around 4.5 billion euros at the end of the fiscal year, citing Siemens Energy’s Capital Market Day to inform any decision-making.

Brussels wants to double wind energy in the EU by 2030

For its part, the European Commission is aiming for a “huge increase” in the deployment of wind infrastructure in the European Union, taking it from 204 gigawatts of currently installed capacity to 500 GW by 2030.

The so-called European Wind Energy Action Plan that the Commission presented this Tuesday, which does not imply any legislative change, aims to ensure that wind will provide the necessary energy by the end of this decade. 34% of the electricity in the EUcompared to the current 16%, which will contribute to achieving the legally binding target of reaching a final renewable energy consumption of 42.5% by 2030.

It also means strengthening European industry and prevent other countries like China from taking advantage of the community’s technological forefront in wind energy, as happened in the past with photovoltaic solar panels, a market largely dominated by the Chinese today.

According to consultancy Blackridge, Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas was the first company in the world in terms of market share and installed capacity in 2022, followed by Siemens Gamesaamong other things.

In concrete terms, the European Commission wants to help a sector in Europe that is faced with “insufficient and uncertain demand, slow and complex permits, lack of access to raw materials, inflation and high prices for raw materials, unfavorable design of national tenders, greater pressure from international competitors and risks to the availability of qualified workers.

Source: EITB


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