Germany -Union seeks alternative for job cuts at energy giant -August 25, 2011

E.ON, the country’s biggest energy company, has announced plans for savings of €1.5 billion by 2015 that would involve cutting around 11,000 jobs from its total global workforce of 85,000. As many as 6,000 of these job cuts will be in Germany. The company has not ruled out compulsory redundancies. The ver.di union and the E.ON works council argue that workers are being forced to shoulder an unfair share of the savings. They also point out that there is an agreement that there should be no compulsory redundancies before the end of 2012. Ver.di wants to look at the company’s figures in more detail and will be working with experts of the Hans Böckler Foundation to come up with alternatives to the company’s proposals.


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