The ax fell for the former Thomson Multimedia, the ultimate French hope in consumer electronics. Unions of employees and elected officials of the Social and Economic Committee (CSE) of Technicolor Rennes announced, Wednesday, November 18, that they had signed a management plan which plans to cut 102 jobs as well as“A massive relocation of activities from Rennes to India”.
This agreement provides for the elimination of 35% of the workforce, i.e. 102 positions out of the 286 of the Cesson-Sévigné site, a town adjacent to Rennes, and to relocate the site’s research and development activities to India, including software integration.
A connected home specialist, Technicolor Rennes develops Internet access gateways for telephone and Internet operators and set-top boxes.
In a press release, the elected staff CFDT, CFE-CGC and SUD say they have “No other choice but to sign a majority agreement to secure at least support measures for future dismissed employees”.
According to Nicolas Grelier, CFE-CGC delegate and spokesperson for the intersyndicale, the management project surprised employees, especially since “The Rennes site was more overworked than underloaded”. “We asked that the management not make this plan”, he declared to the AFP.
Many induced losses
In their press release, elected staff say they are convinced that the job protection plan (PSE) “Endangers the future of the site and more broadly that of the Connected Home division”.
According to them, “The resulting losses are numerous: loss of know-how, loss of customers, loss of competitiveness, loss of confidence of the remaining employees, loss of innovation capacities” and “These cannot be offset like the management discount by a massive relocation of activities from Rennes to India”.
“The American management had started to relocate to India in previous years. We felt that they were considering something like this at the beginning of this year or at the end of next year, but we did not expect something so soon and in so many positions concerned ”, a souligné M. Grelier.
The signed agreement has yet to be validated by the regional directorate for enterprises, competition, consumption, labor and employment (Direccte). Employees will then have until January 15 to leave the company, on a voluntary basis, before dismissals are notified from January 1is February.