It is the tree that hides the forest.
Officially, the plan announced by Renault at the end of May should generate savings of 2.15 billion euros and eliminate 4,600 jobs on a voluntary basis.
But in fact, the social slate at the automaker promises to be much heavier.
The expert report on this plan, produced by the Secafi cabinet, at the request of Renault's Central Social and Economic Committee (CCSE), more than doubled these job losses.
Presented on September 29 to the CCSE, in the presence of the management, it estimates at 5,300 the number of additional jobs which would be eliminated in France by counting the subcontractors who work directly on the sites of Renault.
Or, put end to end, 10,000 jobs lost.
“The management announces a plan without dismissal, but it is false, estimates Florent Grimaldi, of the CGT.
In reality, it subcontracts layoffs to service companies which provide half of the human resources in the company's Research and Development, where 2,500 positions will be cut.
In Lardy, 800 jobs threatened out of 2,300
This Thursday, the CGT therefore calls on the employees of the Lardy site to disengage an hour to protest against this "bleeding".
It must be said that this technical center based in Essonne and specializing in the development of heat engines expects to pay a high price.
Around 800 jobs would be threatened out of the 2,300, including 200 Renault employees and 600 subcontractors.
"This plan, with its 4,600 job cuts is the tip of the iceberg," decrypts Franck Daout, central union delegate CFDT Renault.
The submerged one is the thousands of jobs that are disappearing for service providers and temporary workers.
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How many are they ?
According to the unions, they represent between 20% and 25% of the workforce.
That is to say more than 10,000 people in addition to the 40,000 Renault employees.
Figures tempered by management: “They are constantly evolving, insists Renault.
It all depends on the activity and the progress of the projects.
However, in engineering alone, while 6,875 employees have a Renault contract, 6,700 other employees are service providers.
“We are the adjustment variable, regrets Grégory Levert, CGT delegate at Altran, specializing in engineering consulting.
Currently, 471 Altran people work at Renault.
A number that tends to drop.
Especially since it's easy for the builder to get rid of us.
It just takes a month to terminate the contract.
"We know that the subcontractors will work hard"
An employee of Polymont, an engineering service provider, Mickaël (
the first name has been changed
) has had a bitter experience.
After more than three years with the diamond brand as a technician specializing in engine test benches, the adventure ended in mid-May.
“After several weeks of partial unemployment, I was first told that I was going to return to work.
And two days later, Renault terminated my contract.
Psychologically, it was hard.
I was working on a great project.
The impact is also financial.
"I still have a fixed amount of 1,500 euros from Polymont but in the absence of a mission, I lose around 400 euros in premium per month".
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For all providers, fear is growing.
“For the moment, there is no redundancy at FEV, confides Johann Lambert, CGT delegate at this other supplier in engineering of the automobile manufacturer.
But between Renault and especially Airbus (
Editor's note: the company has announced the elimination of 5,000 jobs in France
), we know that the subcontractors will work hard.
According to the Secafi report, out of the 5,300 jobs, 2,400 jobs would be cut in France through relocations.
"This is the method already used by Gilles Le Borgne, director of engineering at Renault, when he was at PSA", regrets Florent Grimaldi.
Contacted, Renault management declined to comment.
But she recalls that the report written by Secafi experts believes that a savings plan is necessary at Renault.