Carmaker PSA cuts back on transfer of Polish workers to French plant

PSA had initially planned to transfer salaried workers from one of its Opel factories in Poland to work in France, rather than take on local temporary staff.This had sparked criticism from unions and the French government.
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| Updated on: 16 Jun 2020, 06:09 PM
FILE PHOTO: The logo of PSA Peugeot Citroen is seen at the company's plant in Poissy, near Paris. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: The logo of PSA Peugeot Citroen is seen at the company's plant in Poissy, near Paris. (REUTERS)

France's PSA, the maker of Peugeot cars, on Monday said it would only transfer a small group of Polish workers to help out in a French plant where production is being increased, following a backlash over the knock-on effect for local jobs.

Like rival auto firms, PSA is gradually cranking up its manufacturing capacity again following a shutdown caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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But an initial plan to transfer salaried PSA workers from one of its Opel factories in Poland to work in France, rather than take on local temporary staff, who often pitch in at the plant, sparked criticism from unions and the French government.

PSA has now planned to have a team of 2,000 in place at the Hordain factory made up of local workers, including temporary ones, while 5% of the total staff would be employees from other sites, including Poland, the carmaker said.

(Also read: PSA's UK Vauxhall car factory to resume output after September 1)

The CGT union put the number of Polish workers at 124, down from the 500 originally due to arrive for a stint in France.

France's economy is expected to shrink 11% this year, with big job losses following the pandemic and ensuing lockdown, heightening sensitivity over labour wrangling.

First Published Date: 16 Jun 2020, 06:07 PM IST
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