Renault’s CFE-CGC union announced that it had decided to sign the agreement on the elimination of 2,500 engineering and tertiary positions in the group in France, through voluntary departures. An agreement that has already been signed by FO.
This agreement is part of the savings plan of more than 2 billion euros over three years, announced at the end of May by the management. It provides for around 15,000 job cuts worldwide, including 4,600 in France. The 2,100 job cuts planned in French factories remain to be negotiated. The two other representative unions, the CFDT (2nd) and the CGT (3rd), are due to vote later today this Thursday.
These abolished positions will be done with voluntary departures. “This prevents employees from redundancies via a PSE (job safeguard plan, Editor’s note) that Renault’s situation could have justified, ”explains the union of executives.
1,900 per voluntary departure
Indeed, of these 2,500 jobs, “1,900 will ultimately be the subject of a voluntary departure plan, the remaining 600 having been made by natural departures this year,” according to FO.
In addition to voluntary departures by collective contractual termination (RCC), possible until the end of September 2021, the agreement contains an activity exemption component for employees nearing retirement.
In addition, for staff who remain in the company, the text provides for the possibility of training. This component “of reconversion and development of skills aims to maintain the level of employability of employees”, noted the CFE-CGC. “For example, an engineer who works on heat engines may consider a certification training on electric motors”, explained Guillaume Ribeyre, central union representative of this union.
“This agreement will make it possible to anticipate the adaptation and development of new skills and to meet the needs for the profound transformation of trades in the automotive sector”, adds FO.
At the same time, internal mobility will be facilitated by allowing “inter-professional mobility” within the group and “all positions to be filled will be posted”.