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Siemens defends the cuts for the need to remain competitive

The human resources director of the German Siemens consortium, Janina Kugel, today defended the restructuring plans, which will involve staff cuts, arguing that they are necessary to maintain competitiveness in the future and continue creating jobs.

Berlin, Nov 17 (EFE) .- The director of human resources of the German Siemens consortium, Janina Kugel, today defended the restructuring plans, which will involve cuts in staff, with the argument that they are necessary to maintain competitiveness in the future and continue to create jobs.

"If you look at the situation as a whole, you will see that there are sectors in the that we have to restructure and others in which we invest and grow, "Kugel said during an economic congress organized by the newspaper" Süddeutsche Zeitung "in Berlin.

restructuring will involve the cut of 6,900 jobs worldwide, about half of them in Germany.

Restructuring affects the manufacturing sector of turbines for power plants.

"The generation of energy is something that is changing at high speed," Kügel explained.

He admitted that the plans are hard for the plants affected, but stressed that the responsibility of the management was to think about the whole company.

"We have to have benefits to continue creating jobs in the future", He said.

More than a thousand workers protested today against the restructuring plans in front of the Siemens plant in Berlin.

The Berlin factory is one of those affected, like those of Görlitz and Leipzig, in eastern Germany.

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