Sunday, October 2, 2016

39 hours paid 37 ! employees very “smart” in the car –

from Monday, the employees of the Smart plant in Moselle will work two more hours per week without wage increase. Signatures obtained under duress, denounced the CFDT.

Working more for. keep his job, this is what will be, from tomorrow Monday, the employees of the Smart plant in Hambach, working two more hours per week without wage increase, but with “assurance” that management does not carry out economic redundancies . The measure passed yesterday, despite the opposition of the majority trade unions, with 39 paid hours 37, a year after a consultative referendum, which had divided the staff.

“We were at 37 hours already, and it is the 1st of October to 39 hours”, says Jean-Yves Schmitt, communications director of the factory. “At the first change, from 35 hours to 37, there had been a salary increase, but not this time”, he added.

If the measure is effective since Friday, September 30 at midnight, it is Monday morning that it will be in fact adopted by the workers. The devices on the frames ( a reduction of days of RTT ) will put in place in early 2017.

These changes are the result of a long tug-of-war between the factory management and the trade unions, on the background of the threat of relocation, ambience, “deleterious”, according to the trade unions and anti-law work.

On 11 September 2015, this “Pact 2020″ had been submitted to a referendum of business to be purely advisory, but which had attracted a great media interest and many comments policy.

The “pact 2020″ provides for a transition to 39 weekly hours of work, before a return to the 37 hours in 2019, and then to 35 hours by the year 2020. In exchange, the department ensures that it will not proceed to any economic dismissal by then.

The approximately 800 employees who participated in the voting had approved 56%. But the vote had revealed the divisions within the staff, between managers, employees, technicians and supervisors who had said “yes” to 74%, and the other workers who had not been that 39% still approve the project.

After the referendum, the CGT and the CFDT, the majority of them two with 53% of the employees had, however, put their veto to the project of the management.

After new weeks, strained, and to circumvent this opposition, the management then offered to employees to sign amendments, individual in their employment contracts. On 18 December, it announced that more than 95% of the employees had signed.

signatures obtained “under the pressure”, on the part of employees, “scared”, had then denounced Didier Getrey, of the CFDT Metallurgy Moselle.

Smart France produced in Hambach some 100,000 vehicles, two-seaters at its factory situated on the borders of Lorraine, of Alsace, and of Germany.


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