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May 13, 2020

Finance Minister “regrets” CGT Renault Sandouville action

French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire says he "regrets" the decision by the CGT union to bring action halting activity at Renault's Sandouville plant in the north of the country.

By Rhodri Morgan

French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire says he “regrets” the decision by the CGT union to bring action halting activity at Renault ‘s Sandouville plant in the north of the country.

The CGT (Confédération Générale du Travail) said restarting the Sandouville plant in a context of a risk of contamination by staff from the coronavirus, has “important consequences,” for their health and work conditions.

“The CGT was therefore obliged to go to the Tribunal du Havre so the law is applied and the restart measures effectively ensure the health and safety of workers,” said a CGT statement.

“In his decision, the judge agreed with the CGT.”

Renault confirmed to just-auto the Sandouville site was not working as of 11 May and a further update is expected shortly.

“The Sandouville site is currently at a standstill [since 7 May] following the decision by the Tribunal du Havre and following interim proceedings brought by the CGT,” noted Renault .

In comments made by French Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire on television and sent to just-auto by his officials in Paris, the senior politician said he ‘regretted’ the CGT’s decision, given the automotive sector faces “major difficulties.”

Renault was not immediately available to respond to the CGT’s comments made on 11 May.

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