Siempelkamp concludes negotiation with Works Council; cuts 136 jobs

After constructive and goal-oriented negotiations over the past weeks, the management of G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG and the Works Council have agreed on a reconciliation of interests for the employees of Siempelkamp Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH and Siempelkamp Maschinenfabrik GmbH at the Krefeld location affected by the personnel adjustment on 23 November 2020.

“In the negotiations with the Works Council, two things were particularly important to both sides: First, finding a socially acceptable solution for those employees affected by the planned personnel adjustment in both companies. Secondly, the creation of a future-oriented and sustainable strategic framework for Siempelkamp in order to be able to adapt the group of companies to the changing market and competitive conditions,” explained Dr Martin Stark, spokesman of the management of G. Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG.

Since 23 November 2020 a reconciliation of interests has been in place for both parts of the company.

In August 2020, Siempelkamp announced a restructuring program which will help to sustainably strengthen the company’s competitiveness in a difficult global market environment. Due to the current pandemic and the associated effects on the global economy, the entrepreneurial challenges for the globally active group have increased. In this context, 56 jobs are currently being cut at Siempelkamp Maschinen und Anlagenbau GmbH and 80 at Siempelkamp Maschinenfabrik GmbH. Job reductions that have already taken place will be added to these figures. There will be terminations for operational reasons and early retirements.

“The discussions with the Works Council and their advisors were extremely constructive and goal-oriented,” emphasised Stefan Ziemes, Siempelkamp’s chief negotiator. “With the present agreements, we have achieved our goal of making the personnel adjustments as socially acceptable as possible.”