Bridgestone management and employees at the Béthune plant have signed a “method agreement“For five months to discuss”alternative scenarios to closure“, Announced by the Japanese tire giant, said the Minister for Industry on Sunday, September 20.
Management and staff representatives “signed a method agreement on Friday which gives five months to the discussion and which reopens alternative scenarios to the closure of the plant”Located in Pas-de-Calais, assured Agnès Pannier-Runacher to the Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-LCI. “Management is in the process of organizing itself into a negotiation process“, She congratulated herself, considering that”five months makes things possible». «Social dialogue is essential, it must be based on trust”, She added.
The State will not return to capital
The minister, however, castigated the method adopted so far by the management of the Japanese giant. “What is inadmissible (…) is not to have opened the discussion upstream of this brutal announcement», She judged. “We knew the factory was in decline“And the authorities had invited”Bridgestone management at the discussion table to see how we could regain productivity and competitiveness».
Agnès Pannier-Runacher has also ruled out that the State enters into the capital of the company, a “false solution” who does not “solve nothing». «The heart of the matter is to have an industrial project that holds up“, according to her.
In recent days, the president of the Hauts-de-France region Xavier Bertrand has urged the state to invest to save the Béthune plant. “The French State must offer to finance the investments necessary to avoid the closure of the Bridgestone plant in Béthune and the relocation of its activity“, He estimated Sunday.
A visit to the Béthune site on Monday
Agnès Pannier-Runacher and the Minister of Labor Élisabeth Borne will go to Béthune on Monday “to see everyone, everyone: local elected officials, local management“And”talk to European management», Recalled the minister.
«There is an absolute mobilization for this site“, According to government spokesperson Gabriel Attal, who”believes in political pressure“And underlines”a form of political harmony around this issue».
Japanese manufacturer Bridgestone announced on Wednesday its intention to close its Béthune plant in 2021, which employs 863 people in the manufacture of car tires. An announcement which the government and the president of Hauts-de-France denounced “brutality, relevance and foundations“. The Béthune plant, which produces under the Bridgestone and Firestone brands, has been experiencing difficulties for a long time. She is “the least efficient”Among the ten factories of the group in Europe, affirms the management.
Asked about BFMTV about the threat of closure of the factory, Jean-Luc Mélenchon criticized the absence, according to him, of state control over the use made of the money by the business leaders of the CICE (employment competitiveness tax credit) and who then proceed to layoffs. “These people were given 20 billion a year, which went out of the pockets of the French in the form of corporate taxes and were recycled»Hammered the boss of France Insoumise. According to him, the essential would have been distributed “in dividends».