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After Aulnay, Peugeot Announces Closure of Meudon Site

Translated Friday 24 May 2013, by Gene Zbikowski

One year after programming the closure of its Aulnay-sous-Bois factory, PSA Peugeot Citroën is continuing its policy of making society bear the brunt of the economic crisis by announcing the closing in 2014 of its offices in Meudon-la-Forêt west of Paris and the transfer of its 660 employees to the corporation’s other sites in France.

According to an official document obtained by Reuters, and which was presented to the trade unions at a regular meeting of the works council on May 22, the automaker intends quickly to sell its building in Meudon-la-Forêt, where its quality, engineering and after sales services are centered. “In the difficult economic context in which the corporation finds itself, the rationalization of the rate of occupation at the different sites and the adjustment of the present localization of jobs (…) is necessary,” according to the document. The corporation also emphasizes that the closure of these offices, opened in 1980, does not involve any job losses and that all the employees will be transferred to other locations by the end of the first half of 2014. In particular, they will be transferred to the nearby towns of Poissy (20 miles away) and Vélizy (two-and-a-half miles away).

“It can be seen that PSA is continuing to close sites, and even though this is being concealed, not everyone will have a job at the end of the operation, because a certain number of employees in Meudon will not be able to go,” said a trade union delegate assigned to the corporation, who requested that his name not be revealed. Some trade unions are particularly concerned about the 21 employees assigned to guaranteed spare parts, whose jobs are going to be transferred 240 miles away, to Vesoul near Switzerland. In the PSA document, the corporation indicates that the workers who do not wish to move will be offered a job reclassification in the Paris area. No further details are given. This is the second time that the job site of these workers has closed. Before working in Meudon, they worked in Melun-Senart, 35 miles away, which closed in 2012.

Some of the employees will also be offered voluntary redundancy. PSA plans to eliminate 3,600 jobs in France through voluntary redundancies, not counting the closure of the Aulnay-sous-Bois factory and the downsizing of production capacity at the Rennes assembly plant.

On April 30, the works council at the Aulnay-sous-Bois factory, which employs some 3,000 people, approved the plan to safeguard employment, thus approving the closure of the factory. The closure of Aulnay-sous-Bois is part of a vast restructuring plan which, between May 2012 and May 2014, is to eliminate over 11,200 jobs at the corporation. Five trade unions approved the planned redundancy scheme, while the CGT trade union voted against it.

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