FRANCE: PSA unions to meet next week on Aulnay staff transfer
PSA Peugeot Citroen unions are gearing up to decide the pace of staff transfer from the automaker's doomed Aulnay plant near Paris to its nearby Poissy site.
The shift forms part of PSA's plans to cut up to 8,000 of its workforce and shut the Aulnay factory in a bid to stem haemorrhaging losses in Europe.
"There will be a Works Council...probably at the beginning of the week in Paris," white collar CFE-CGC Aulnay union delegate, Eric Charlier, told just-auto from France. "There is no indication the closure of the site will happen earlier.
"The planning is not precise [Aulnay closure], there is nothing announced, we don't know what rhythm this will be, whether [or] not 50 people per week. It could take several weeks before people move."
The strike that has blighted Aulnay is still continuing with around 200 labour body members - although not from the CFE-CGC union - making their feelings known.
"We have never thought to stop production is a good thing," said Charlier. "There is a second part of restructuring of the factory that takes time. We have our interests in continuing production."
A PSA spokeswoman in Paris confirmed to just-auto its Works Council had agreed social measures for those losing jobs or transferring to Poissy, although there is no indication yet Aulnay may close earlier than planned.
Despite the CFE-CGC's more moderate stance - "my union is apolitical compared to others" - Charlier nonetheless criticised French industrial strategy which had "been going down" for a decade.
"Successive governments have distanced themselves," he said. "Our government is also caught up in the [economic] torment."