Auto Shows Playing by Renault, the Brittany foundry is blocked by employees

09:50  28 april  2021
09:50  28 april  2021 Source:   latribune.fr

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  Mise en vente par Renault, la Fonderie de Bretagne est bloquée par des salariés © supplied by the Tribune

Large Tensions in the Caudan factory (Morbihan) of the Brittany Foundry, on sale March 11 by the group Renault. Since Tuesday morning, the factory is blocked by employees to request their maintenance within the automobile group. Located near Lorient since 1965, the Brittany foundry manufactures suspension arms, collectors and exhaust elbows, as well as gearbox differentials.

members of the direction blocked in the factory

several members of the direction are prevented from going out, and "will not leave until we have an answer, until someone decides our fate and Let us be allowed to work, "said AFP Maël Le Goff, Secretary-General CGT of the factory, which employs 350 employees. The situation could last several days depending on the Mayor of Caudan, Fabrice Vély. "It could last a few days. They are still very annoyed," he said.

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Tuesday night, the management of Renault condemned the blockage of the plant and called for a "return to immediate calm".

"A group of employees of the Brittany foundry currently retains seven members of the company (...). Renault Group firmly condemns these acts, calls for the lifting of the blocking and a return to immediate calm", says Renault in A brief press release, stating that "the search for a buyer is currently taking his course in order to maintain the activities of the site and to ensure the sustainability of jobs".

According to, Eric Blanchier, elected CGT, the blockage started when "the morning team wanted to meet the factory director". "But no discussion is possible and she decided not to return to work. Unfortunately we had to arrive there when yesterday we baffled, they pushed us overcome," said the unionist.

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The blockage was still in class Tuesday night. "We block the production and expedition of the pieces", said Maël the goff. "We want a frank and firm discussion with the management of Renault and the prefecture".

In the summer of 2020, Renault requested a strategic review that concluded that the site had to diversify its activities and continue to reduce its production costs. Employees are asking for their retention within the Renault group, which announced March 11 the sale of the plant to "sustain the activities and jobs".

Foundries in great difficulty

This blockage intervenes, while many automotive subcontractors, especially foundries, are in great difficulty. On Monday, the government announced a fund of 50 million euros to support the reconversion of the employees of the automotive sector. Builders Renault and Stellantis will bring 10 million each, and the regions will be invited to participate too.

On April 20, three automotive equipment manufacturers from the Vienna and the Indre belonging to the Alvance Group of the British Indo-British Sanjeev Gupta were placed in judicial recovery. These are the two aluminum units and cast iron of Poitou, ingrass near Châtellerault, as well as Aluminum Wheels, Diors near Châteauroux. These equipment manufacturers total some 850 employees. Ingrames, two units are located next to each other: Liberty Font whose production of diesel casings is no longer carrier and whose closure was already acted, and Liberty Alu, which manufactures in particular cylinder heads, a Product more carrier. The site of Diors specializes in the manufacture of car rims.

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