Gamesa Reinosa workers mobilize in the Basque Country for their jobs

CCOO, UGT-Fica, ELA and LAB of Siemens Gamesa have made an “urgent” call to public institutions to “assert their authority and the powers at their disposal” to “ensure the maintenance of employment” and given their fear of that the company divests itself from the Onshore division, which develops and manufactures land-based wind turbines, and for which “the vast majority” of the company’s people in Spain work.

Before the concentration held at the company’s corporate headquarters in Zamudio (Bizkaia), which was attended by CCOO delegates at the Siemens Gamesa plant in Reinosa, representatives of the company committees of the work centers , plants and offices of Siemens Gamesa throughout the State have appeared together to “denounce, once again, the moment of immense uncertainty” they are experiencing and “the real risk of disappearance” of their jobs, around 5,000 jobs direct in Spain.

Those present recalled that, in addition to large centers in Euskadi, Navarra and Madrid, and a “very important” presence in other territories with industrial centers, such as Castilla y León, Cantabria, Galicia or Valencia, among others, we must not forget that the auxiliary industry also generates “thousands of jobs linked to Siemens Gamesa” and that, at this time, “they would also be at risk”, since they are recipients of purchase orders exceeding 1,000 million euros annually, they have explained.

“There is no doubt that our company is strategic for our country and for its society, both for the energy sector in which it carries out its activities, and for its volume of employment and business, something that affects the entire society,” they stressed. , to add that all these jobs correspond to “a strategic sector, in which we are pioneers” such as wind power generation.

At this point they have reiterated that, according to their fears, “even the decision to divest from the Onshore division, which develops and manufactures land-based wind turbines, for which the vast majority of the company’s people in Spain work, is on the table.” .

For this reason, his appeal has also been directed to the company itself to convey “loud and clear” that he has to “believe in his company and its future.”

10-year outlook

In this sense, they have highlighted that the prospects for installing parks, precisely in that Onshore segment, at a European and global level, are “extremely high”, around 250 GW in 10 years, so, as they have expressed , “we do not understand that the company’s management hesitates to maintain its commitment to this business unit, even more so, with the human capital it has and the experience that the people who make it up have.”

As they have stated, these were also “the reasons” that led Siemens to buy, “barely seven years ago, a buoyant Gamesa”, so they are not going to allow “any other decision” other than that of “Continue betting on this part of the business, since their economic and regulatory requests have been satisfied,” these unions understand.

Again, as these unions have been doing in recent weeks, they have criticized the “absolute obscurantism” maintained by the company’s management regarding “the decisions it is going to make”, while referring them to the end of November, when it will announce the strategic plan. , which, as they fear, “can translate into the loss of thousands of jobs.”

In their joint appearance, CCOO, UGT-Fica, ELA and LAB have also described as “tremendously worrying the silence that the company has maintained in recent weeks”; In clear contrast, they have added, with the amount of information that, in various forums, their senior executives offered in the past, that, together with “the continuous news that is appearing in the press, both nationally and internationally, and none of which are positive,” they lamented.

CE measurements

At this point they recalled that the European Commission has announced a rollout of support measures for the European wind sector to alleviate the difficulties faced by the wind industry in general, ensure the survival of the sector and address the European Union’s decarbonization plan.

Within this plan, they have emphasized, “it has wind energy as one of its main architects” and the announced measures involve “putting financing and direct aid on the table and available to wind turbine manufacturers, as well as changes in the regulation of the auctions, as requested by the manufacturers themselves.

However, they have also regretted that these measures “do not oblige these companies to maintain existing employment, nor do they explicitly value local content in the supply chain or industrial presence when granting permission for the installation of the park.” wind”; These aspects they consider “very important for the wind industry to develop” and they trust that the EC will work to “improve and regulate them.”

At this point, they have asked themselves what, if they do not do so, “if they are really thinking about leaving control of another strategic sector such as wind power in the hands of Chinese companies, as has unfortunately already been done with semiconductors, photovoltaics or batteries.

In his opinion, we must remember that the Chinese wind market “has been totally closed to Western companies for a decade, and yet, these Chinese companies, fully supported by their government, are beginning to deploy outside their borders.”

In this sense, they have recalled, also to defend this strategic commitment to maintaining their jobs, that the fact that “we are not energy self-sufficient is being a problem for all of Europe and its citizens, due to having to pay exorbitant prices for electricity supply and for the impact it has had on inflation in recent years.

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