Friday, July 8, 2016

PSA hiring … while reducing its workforce –

“Our challenge is the collective capacity of the reformist trade unions and management to build together (draft)”, summarizes, enthusiastic, Jacques Mazzolini, CFE-CGC delegate at PSA. “We were losing 7 million euros per day in 2013. We won 3 to 4 million today. This is a new agreement to sustain the company,” added Christian Lafaye, FO. On Friday, representatives of the five signatory trade unions (CFE-CGC, FO, CFDT, CFTC and GSEA) representing 80% of the staff wore a smile, at a joint press conference with Xavier Chéreau, director of human resources of PSA . And, to announce the second agreement of competitiveness tricolor car manufacturer, called “New impetus for growth.” This agreement provides for 1,000 new hires over three years, the integration of 2,000 young people annually through contract generation and an internal conversion effort than 1,000 people annually.

More flexible working

In exchange, the new agreement provides more flexibility to adapt work organization to changes in activity, more or less eight days year. This is the component that is most difficult to accept by the unions. But from the beginning “there was a desire to find a balanced solution,” said Don Franck, the CFTC. Faced with a profound evolution of its business, PSA also intends to promote transversal work between the teams and teleworking. The agreement thus provides 4,000 “teleworkers”. New headquarters in Rueil PSA, operational next year, home offices will also be deleted! This is especially a call to say telecommuting.

“The automotive industry is possible in France,” ignites Xavier Chéreau. The agreement shows the “relationship of trust with the social partners,” the HRD group SPA . It is “an act sufficiently rare to be reported.” Tricolor plants have, indeed, greatly improved their productivity and thus ensured their survival, at least in visible horizon, thanks to the previous 2013 … competitive agreements sites also benefited meantime better saturation of their lines.

with a resizing (decrease) of industrial sites and the success of new models, the occupancy rate of factories in France is strongly rebounded for four years. It now reaches “105%” (according to the Harbour index of work in two shifts), said Xavier Chéreau. Against 60% just three years ago! …

The production is much lower than in 2005

The hexagonal factories “are recovering in the pack in terms of industrial efficiency . They return to an acceptable level of competitiveness, “stressed recently Yann Vincent, industrial director of PSA, which stated that” the work will be completed in 2017 “. PSA, the best French factory is one of Mulhouse (208, 2008, C4, DS4), according to sources. But the site of the Haut-Rhin is still far from the three most competitive European plants in Trnava (Slovakia), Mangualde (Portugal) and Vigo (Spain).

This Friday, the PSA management has committed to annually produce one million vehicles a year in France, which more or less corresponds to the volume of last year. And, until 2019. This is far from the point down there three or four years. But it also proves that never PSA levels return to its manufacturing 2000s … Despite a slight improvement last year, auto production in France PSA will remain lower by almost half than it was ten years ago! Same for Renault, too. And, while Volkswagen has not diminished its jobs in Germany at the same time.

Despite the enthusiastic official speeches, remember that the PSA plant in Mulhouse saw its capacity increase from 420 to 270,000 annual units in fifteen years, that of Poissy (Yvelines) from 360 to 250,000. All French websites manufacturer returned to a single feed, to reduce costs, save the historic site of Sochaux (Doubs), home of the compact Peugeot 308.

Continuous erosion

Despite the hirings, the net balance of the workforce is also likely to continue to fall. At 31 December 2015, they amounted to 54,649 employees, against 57,790 a year earlier, 61 882 in 2013. The Breton site near Rennes PSA no longer employs approximately 4,000 people, against 11,800 there are only ten. “In the employment area, the chain has 10 to 12,000 just today, against 28,000 at the time,” laments Philippe Bonnin, mayor of the municipality where the plant is located in the Rennes area. No room for complacency, then!

The CGT, which has not signed the agreement, deplores “the pursuit of plans job cuts through voluntary departures and early retirements not replaced” a “refusal to commit not to close plant in France in the next three years, unlike the first agreement of competitiveness.” Renault, which had shown the way of competitiveness agreements it three years ago, will negotiate to share his new contract in the second half.


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