Thursday, February 2, 2017

Paris – EDF provides nearly 6,000 job cuts in four years – The Express

The electrician said, at the end of a central works council of EDF SA, the non-replacement of a part of the retirement “should lead to a reduction of workforce by approximately 6% between 2017 and 2019, without any redundancy“.

This new plan of reduction of staff in 2017-2019, following the one announced last year by the electrician and has already resulted in the removal of 2,000 jobs in 2016, according to union sources. On the basis of the numbers present at the end of 2016 (65.300 in total), a decrease of approximately 6% is equivalent to over 3,900 employees in the end of 2019. Either a total of at least 5.900 positions being eliminated in four years.

According to figures presented to the staff representatives in a climate of “tense“, EDF expects that its workforce in France, excluding subsidiaries, would be end in 2019, in a range of between 60.200 and 62.050 employees, against 67.287 the end of 2015, to be between 5.237 and 7.087 positions in the least, said union sources to the AFP.

those figures do not include the early closure of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant.

The plan announced in early 2016 forecast a decrease of 5% of the workforce in three years (2016-2018). The new lens is equivalent to a decrease of between 7.7% and 10.5% in four years.

in the Face of these “deletions massive and indiscriminate post” and the failure to obtain responses, “precise” to their questions, the elected representatives of the CEC (CGT, CFE-CGC, CFDT and FO) have refused to provide an opinion on the strategic direction of the company.

They call the employees “to continue their industrial action” and the elected officials of the country to “seize the crucial question of the future of the EDF“.

- “Bleeding” –

Philip Page The Mérour (CGT) denounced a “bleeding” contrary to “commitment” taken by EDF as the upward revision of its savings plan, passed in April of € 700 million to a billion, would “no impact” on the workforce.

First strength of association of the company, the CGT questions on a “deal between the government and EDF“. The recapitalisation of the company by the State, its shareholder with nearly 85% (€3 billion on an increase of 4 billion provided for), would have been subject, according to it, a “drastic reduction of the wage bill“. In addition to the workforce, there is also the “gel history” wages in the branch, pointed out by its representative.

The reasons for this further reduction in staffing, “are they political, financial, or other ‘“, is also a demand FO.

This weight loss program concern to the trade unions, while the company’s debt is in big building in front of it (the heavy maintenance of the French nuclear power plants and construction of two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point, England) and face a degraded environment, with a fall in the price of electricity.

The CFE-CGC (2nd union) denounced the “immediate choice, easier, to remove numbers and make cuts in the wage budgets“, while this is “not at the height of the financial issues of the company“, in debt to the tune of 37.4 billion euros at the end of 2015.

For the CFDT, who regrets that there is “no period shelf transient” after the increase in numbers recorded between 2010 and 2014 (+ 5.735), this management staff does not allow “ensure the tiling of powers between the generation part and the one that arrives“.

The electrician points out of his side that”in order to anticipate the wave of retirements” currently recognized and “to ensure the transfer of skills“, “nearly 20,000 employees” were recruited between 2011 and 2016.

The hiring will continue into 2017 (1.500) and 2018 (in 1,000), says EDF, “especially for positions of engineers and technicians“. It says nothing about 2019.

The intersyndicale CGT, SUD, CFE-CGC, CFDT, FO and CFTC of the R&D had been alerted on the cuts of personnel that “threaten research“.


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