The Renault factory in Maubeuge (North) has been shutdown since Friday morning, told AFP the intersyndicale, which called a strike after the management of the troubled car manufacturer announced the abolition of about 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,600 in France.
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" The announcements made by Renault are not reassuring for the future of our site (...) Only one alternative, the balance of power! ”, Can we also read on the flyers of the factory's inter-union (CGT, CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, South).
According to Fabrice Rozé, CFDT delegate and secretary of the CSE, " 100% of the staff have been on strike since this morning and we will make a call again for the afternoon team ". An extraordinary CSE was held on Friday morning on the site, which employs around 2,100 people of all statuses, but " we were told nothing at all, we are still in the dark ", according to Samuel Beauvois (South).
" Today, there is not a vehicle coming out, everyone is on strike, including the engineers, the management, the team leaders ," Yannick Charlesège (CFTC) told AFP. .
The management of the car manufacturer plans to merge the Douai and Maubeuge sites, 70 km apart, to create a center of excellence for electric and light commercial vehicles. The production of Kangoo electric utilities from Maubeuge should be transferred to Douai, which will inherit a new platform.
“ Social dialogue is starting. Nothing is decided. We will all work together from Maubeuge and from Douai, "said MCA factory director Olivier Silva, to the employees who filmed it and published the video on the internet.
For Jérôme Delvaux, of the CGT, the first union on the site, “ that would mean that it is the death of our company, which generates colossal profits for Renault. " We will not let go of our work tool in Douai, " he warned.
For his part, the DVD mayor of Maubeuge, Arnaud Decagny, calls, on the eve of a new demonstration on the spot, to present " a united front because the fight is just beginning ". He judges in a press release that the mobilization " made back the direction of Renault on the irreversible decision of the relocation of the activities of MCA ", while stressing that " this decision is revoked but not abandoned definitively ".
In Douai, which employs around 2,900 people, one wonders.
" Will our factory be an assembly site? The Maubeuge factory a stamping site? How much is our site in danger? What is the future of stamping with us? It is concern and questioning that reigns, ”reported David Dubois (CGT) to AFP.
" The general management wants to clearly put back to back the employees of the two sites (...) They want the employees of Douai and Maubeuge to eat their mouths, " he said, ensuring that the employees of the two sites heard them remain " united ".