PSA Peugeot Citroen plans plant closures: union

9th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen is considering closing two plants in France by 2014, potentially affecting 6,200 jobs, union representatives at the firm said on Thursday.

The CGT union showed reporters a planning document detailing proposals to close sites in Aulnay-sous-Bois near Paris and Sevelnord, northern France, and claimed also that hundreds of jobs were threatened at a plant in Madrid.

The management responded in a statement that the document was "a preparatory document dating back nearly a year on the long-term industrial competitiveness of the group in Europe."

"It does not constitute a statement of decisions made," it said, referring to the Aulnay plant but making no mention of Sevelnord.

A CGT representative from the Aulnay plant Jean-Pierre Mercier, called the plan "scandalous and revolting."

"They are going to sacrifice Aulnay to over-exploit the factories in Poissy (near Paris) and Mulhouse (in eastern France)," he said.

The internal document cited Turkey, Morocco and central and eastern Europe as possible locations for new factories.


© 2011 AFP

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