PSA has agreed an deal with four out of its five unions representing 80% of staff for salary compensation, health protocol and possible adaptation of the annual site closure calendar.

“This agreement brings us together and prepares our future,” said PSA Human Resources and Transformation EVP, Xavier Chéreau. “It illustrates the quality of social dialogue in our Group, which helps to protect the health and safety of employees, while preserving the sustainability of our company.

“It demonstrates our ability to move forward together in all situations, with responsible action and is a strength for our business.”

The Group has implemented a protocol of reinforced sanitary measures in all its production, sales, after-sales and tertiary sites. The protocol, validated by PSA’s health services, and with which the trade union organisations have been associated, is already largely deployed.

The enhanced protocol measures are subject to regular internal audits and appraisal notes PSA.

In addition, the agreement includes the creation of a solidarity fund within the Group, ensuring full compensation to all employees working in France during the period of partial activity. It will be made with the deduction of two days of ‘holidays’ from the managers account, one day from workers and by a contribution from the manufacturer.

“The deal also sets the framework for an adaptation of the annual closings calendar, which will take into account developments of the automotive market,” added a PSA statement.

“The objective is, while preserving summer vacation time for everyone, to open the possibility for each site to adjust the annual closure period.”