Monday, September 26, 2016

The CEO of Alstom freezes its project in anticipation of the government’s plan – The Figaro

The secretary of State for Industry must disclose its solution for Belfort on 4 October.

Henri Poupart-Lafarge is out of the silence. Finally. On Monday, the CEO of Alstom has responded to the call of trade union organisations in anger since the announcement of the shutdown of industrial activities in Belfort, the birthplace of Alstom. During a central committee of extraordinary company, he announced the “freezing” of the transfer of the activities of Belfort in Reichshoffen, in Alsace, where the group currently manufactures regional trains, and City.

as long as the government has not unveiled its plans, “nothing will be ratified,” explained the CEO of Alstom union representatives. Christophe Sirugue, secretary of State for Industry, must in effect submit on October 4, his rescue plan to sustain industrial employment in Belfort.

“We will fight for the good choices to be put on the table”

After a announcement clumsy on September 7, the day of the presentation with the SNCF for the TGV of the future, confirmed by e-mail three days later when the government was pretending surprise, the face-to-face with the representatives of the employees was needed. “At no time Henri Poupart-Lafarge, was sent to us,” said Christian Garnier, delegate CGT at Alstom. We will fight for the good choices to be put on the table.”

a Lot of questions were asked to the officer who has drawn up a review of dark of the public order. In the rail freight no locomotive – the specialty of Belfort with the motor – TGV has been ordered for over ten years. In addition, the RATP has not purchased for thirty-five years… With rail operators fully public, the ball is in the camp of the government is mobilized to de-mine a social conflict that could ignite the sector’s companies.

Long regarded as a flagship tricolour, the railway construction suffer in france at Alstom, but also at Bombardier in Crespin (Northern), without forgetting their sub-contractors.

The trade unions ahead of the proposals of the management of Alstom and the government. “The only decision that is expected, it is the site of Belfort is not closing,” said Philippe Martinez Monday morning at a press conference at the headquarters of the CGT. If no insurance is given to employees, a strike could be launched beyond the day Tuesday that will serve as a warning.

All the unions agree on one point: the French train system is in a spiral of decline in

The number one of the CGT denounced a “game of poker liar” between the government, the management of Alstom and the leaders of the SNCF and the RATP. Gilbert Garrel, who represents the Federation des cheminots CGT, estimated that the equipment needs are “huge” for the RER to renew Corail trains, and even the TGV. “What says Guillaume Pepy – chairman of the management board of SNCF – this is not: “I don’t need material”, it is: “I have no money”.”

All the unions agree on one point: the French train system is in a spiral of decline: “One closes the small lines, there has been a desertification of the territories… The leaders of Alstom know that if you undercut France, we are going to lose a flagship industrial, we are going to lose a know-how recognized in the whole world.” For its part, the CFDT, and by the voice of his number one Laurent Berger, proposes that we focus on the piggyback (transfer to rail of freight transport on road). This solution envisaged several decades ago has been put to sleep due to the very heavy investment that it requires. “Sometimes there are deficits to be positive for generations to come,” pleads Patrick Cara, a trade union delegate CFDT and member of the strategic committee of the rail sector.

The mobilization of Tuesday in front of the headquarters of Alstom in Saint-Ouen, is expected to be significant. The government knows that it will have to present the October 4, a plan in which it will be responsible. “No question of undressing Paul, the SNCF, for dress, Stone, Alstom,” warns Philippe Martinez.


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