Rennes (AFP)

Employees of the Fonderie de Bretagne in Caudan (Morbihan), put up for sale by the Renault group, went in procession Tuesday to the prefecture of Vannes to make their demands heard, while the occupation of the factory has continued since a week, according to the CGT.

Left at 8:30 am, about twenty vehicles drove at a reduced speed of about 50 km / h on the N165 between Caudan and Vannes, according to the gendarmerie.

A snail operation that ended in a concert of horns in Vannes where a procession arrived an hour later, "between 80 and 90 employees" of the 350 that has the Foundry, according to the CGT.

A delegation of "founders" was to be received at the prefecture, while about fifty of their colleagues remained at the factory "still occupied" since April 27, according to the union.

"We do not know by whom we will be received. We are always motivated, we continue, we always block and we are on the same demands: to remain in the Renault group and have more volumes", indicated Maël Le Goff, CGT delegate , joined by AFP.

Last Tuesday, five members of the management were prevented from leaving by employees of the foundry.

Actions strongly condemned by Renault Group.

While the employees blocked the production and shipment of parts, the CGT demanded "a frank and firm discussion with the management of Renault and the prefecture".

In the summer of 2020, the automaker requested a strategic review which concluded that the site should diversify its activities and continue to reduce its production costs.

Employees are asking to remain within the Renault group, which announced on March 11 the sale of the plant in order to "perpetuate activities and jobs".

Established near Lorient since 1965, the Fonderie de Bretagne manufactures suspension arms, exhaust manifolds and elbows, as well as gearbox differentials.

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