The group apparently wants to cut 650 jobs, as the NDR in Lower Saxony has learned from ongoing discussions between management, works council and trade union. In addition, employees who can keep their jobs should work one day a month for free. Wages are only to be increased in the coming years if Meyer Werft makes a profit. If the employees do not accept this, 300 more jobs would be on the verge.
Shipbuilders must save billions
Meyer Werft has to save around 1.2 billion euros due to the Corona crisis. Where the red pencil is being used, the management has sounded out with the help of a Swabian management consultant who, according to NDR information, slimmed down the processes at Meyer in 2009. At the time, however, nobody was fired, as Thomas Gelder, head of IG Metall Leer-Papenburg, said.
Works council fears replacement of the workforce by contractors
The works council now wants to know from the corporate management what exactly the management consultants are doing. Among other things, it is about whether the shipyard has made specific requirements for job cuts. Works council chairman Nico Bloem announced to NDR Lower Saxony that it would not support the plans and would continue to fight for every job. He sees no reason for redundancies as long as there is enough work for everyone.
The new measures increase the suspicion that other parts of the permanent workforce are to be replaced by cheap contract workers.
The press office of Meyer Werft could not be reached for a comment at first.
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