New night shift will build redesigned Peugeot 508 (nee 407)

New night shift will build redesigned Peugeot 508 (nee 407)

PSA Peugeot Citroën will introduce a variable night shift at its Rennes plant next month to coincide with the launch of the Peugeot 508.

It is the first time that this innovative work management practice has been introduced in the French automobile industry.

Working hours for night-shift employees will be calculated on the basis of 28 hours a week, which will be paid at the rate of 35 hours to take into account a premium for night work. Schedules may vary from 0 to 40 hours a week depending on plant operations.

The system ensures that employees will receive stable monthly compensation for one year, regardless of the workload. 

Denis Martin, head of the industrial operations department, said: “The two production shifts currently in place will not be enough to ensure the launch of the new Peugeot 508, which is scheduled for roll-out in February.

“With this launch, we are enhancing the competitiveness of the Rennes facility, where business will increase by around 60% in 2011. By implementing a variable night shift, we’re maximising our chances of meeting strong demand for the 508 while also acquiring the flexibility that will enable us to maintain the night shift as long as possible.”

The system, which will remain in place for one year, is intended to respond to ramp-up in production volumes and fluctuations in demand

The variable night shift team will comprise 850 employees, including 600 current plant workers who have already volunteered.   

The deployment of the new work organisation at Rennes follows the signing by five unions last September of a nationwide agreement concerning the flexibility of the group’s production facilities in France.