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March 7, 2011updated 08 Apr 2021 8:13am

FRANCE: Renault union wades into spy case

A Renault union is calling for compensation to be given to the automaker's three sacked senior executives in the so called spy case following revelations last week by the manufacturer it could have been the victim of "manipulation."

A Renault union is calling for compensation to be given to the automaker’s three sacked senior executives in the so called spy case, following revelations last week by the manufacturer it could have been the victim of “manipulation.”

France’s CFE-CGC union – which has previously claimed it is the largest organised labour body at Renault – says the inquiry has “changed course” and that the affair appears to be deflating.

“The CFE-CGC strongly approves their [executives] possible reintegration,” said a statement from the union. “This should absolutely be accompanied by compensation for moral damages they and their families have suffered.

“[We] demand the Paris prosecutor also does what it is necessary so that the inquiry ends quickly. Equally, the CFE-CGC requires the board of directors to meet as soon as possible to hear the explanations from Mr [Carlos] Ghosn and [Patrick] Pelata, so that everyone can take measure of their responsibilities.”

The union also revealed it had assisted two of the fired executives in their initial hearings and insisted the employees had been “unjustly accused”.

It noted too the inquiry had “changed course”, but recognised the matter had still some way to go before any resolution is found.

Last week Renault made available to just-auto comments made by Pelata: “Either it is a spying affair and a security manager is protecting its source at any cost or we are a victim of manipulation, which could [take] the form of a swindle,” he said.

Renault today (7 March) was not immediately available for comment.

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