Employment: in Gironde, the historic Bègles paper mill is threatened

“How to find a buyer in just three months, in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic? »Asks Daniel Castanon, Filpac-CGT union representative at the Papeterie de Bègles, which manufactures the paper for Siniat plasterboard from recycled fibers. Since October 5, the 91 employees have learned from a press release from the Etex group, owner of the plant, its wish to sell, with three months of delay to find a buyer. “If on January 10, no offer is validated, there will be a PSE,” warns the union representative, most of whose colleagues “have 20, 25, 38 years in the shop. They will find it difficult to find work, especially at this time ”.

To avoid getting there, the employees have also appointed a firm to find a buyer. Faced with the Etex group which points to “insufficient competitiveness” of the Béglaise stationery, they revolt. “It’s been years that there has been no investment in machinery, obviously, we are behind the competition”, deplores the union, which had not waited for the PES to worry. As for the town hall, there is no question of letting the factory created in 1929 close, a true historical industrial heritage. “We need to keep heavy production activities”, supports Clément Rossignol-Puech, Mayor EELV. His municipality even planned to connect the paper mill to the nearby incineration plant to produce the gas necessary for its operation.

A round table is due to bring together political and economic actors on December 4, time to study takeover offers. “It would also take real industrial expertise to target the products that stationery could develop, we are ready to adapt,” pleads Daniel Castanon, his eyes fixed on the calendar.

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