Train builder Alstom in Upper Lusatia: hundreds of jobs on the brink

Train builder Alstom recently delivered new trams to Dresden, and there are now about 600 jobs in Bautzen and Görlitz on the brink.

gorlets / botzen – Decision approaching: train builder Alstom just delivered new trams for DresdenThere are now about 600 jobs in Bautzen and Görlitz on the edge.

At the beginning of May on a test flight in Dresden: the Alstom tram, built in Bautzen. There are now jobs on the brink. © Roland Halkasch

According to union information, 450 of the approximately 800 jobs in Görlitz and another 150 out of 1,200 jobs (with temporary workers) in Bautzen could be lost.

The company had already announced its cancellation plans shortly before Christmas. In total, there are up to 1,300 jobs across Germany.

Alstom is not (yet) in a hurry, but the decision is approaching.

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“But we don’t break it off our knees because it’s always about people. By the end of the year we want to have a solution that is socially acceptable and also just,” Musslum Jakisan, Germany’s president at Alstom, told Tagesspiegel newspaper.

The Dresden Transport Authority has ordered 30 of this type of tram.  Apparently, this did not have a positive effect on jobs at Alstom in Saxony (formerly Bombardier).

The Dresden Transport Authority has ordered 30 of this type of tram. Apparently, this did not have a positive effect on jobs at Alstom in Saxony (formerly Bombardier). © Alstom

But concern is growing in Lusatia.

“We expect a future concept from Alstom,” said Uwe Garbe (53) of IG Metall Ostsachsen when asked by TAG24: “After the acquisition, Alstom management is now responsible for developing a sustainable perspective for Saxon sites.”

The French group Alstom acquired the train division of Bombardier with the factories in it Saxony It was taken over a year ago.

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