Employees of the Foundry of Brittany, in Caudan, congratulate themselves on May 29, 2020 in Lorient. The Renault site will not close promised management. - Fred Tanneau / AFP
"The foundry will not close". The words are clear. Friday, the director of the Brittany foundry Laurent Galmard wanted to reassure his employees, a few days after the announcement of the reduction of 15,000 jobs at Renault. The Breton factory, located in Caudan, in the Morbihan, and which belongs to the car manufacturer, employs around 400 people.
At the end of an extraordinary CSE organized on Friday in Lorient, the CGT representative Mael Le Goff delivered the news to employees who were sometimes in tears. "No closure of FDB, no plan to take over FDB". At the end of this speech, several employees and activists of the CGT chanted “We won! We won ! »In front of the gates of the sub-prefecture. “This week has been a week of wrestling. Now the hardest part remains to be done, a project to build, we all know that the car market is going crazy, we will have to find a way to diversify ”.
🔴 This morning I had Jean-Dominique Sénard, CEO of #Renault. I confirm that this morning's announcement gives time, let's take advantage of it to build a future together at Fonderie de #Bretagne. Without collective mobilization we would not be there.- Loïg Chesnais-Girard (@LoigCG) May 29, 2020
Blocked since Monday by the strikers, the factory will return to a normal rhythm and production will resume "next week". A "strategic study" will be launched to find outlets for the foundry, which produces raw and machined foundry parts for the automotive industry. The site established in Caudan since 1965 was taken over in 2009 by Renault, to which it supplies 95% of its parts. The remaining five percent are delivered to BMW.
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