France - General Electric workers protest - April 30, 2016

At least 2,500 European employees of General Electric (GE) Co protested in Paris on 10 April 2016 against the US industrial conglomerate’s restructuring plans, which include 6,500 job losses throughout the continent. The demonstrators came from throughout Europe, with 700 from Germany and hundreds more from Italy, Poland, Belgium and France itself. A large number were from French company Alstom SA, four months after GE acquired its power and grid businesses. Other protests took place in Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland, international union federation IndustriALL said. GE is most of the way through a restructuring to hone its focus on its key traditional industrial businesses, which include railway equipment and renewable energy like wind turbines, and to grow in newer sectors, such as healthcare and energy management.

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