French Renault unions have concluded their fifth round of negotiations with the automaker, which says it will take on 3,000 ‘contract duration indeterminée’ (CDI) or non-fixed contract staff, of which 50% will be for manufacture and the other half involved in unspecified “other functions.”

Some 6,000 young people, or 2,000 per year between 2017 and 2019 will be recruited on a trainee basis, with 40% of CDI staff being employed through these agreements.

The manufacturer adds it wants to reduce by “at least 50%” the number of people on temporary contracts compared to the end of this year, while at the same time increasing the average length of such agreements and to “develop” temporary CDI working.

Last month, Renault denied reports it was on the verge of axing 2,000 jobs in France next year through a series of non-compulsory redundancies, but conceded there would be “voluntary reclassification.”

The next meeting between Renault and its CFDT, CFE-CGC, CGT and FO unions to discuss the issue will be on 15 November.