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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #220 - PSA: Wear new claims (fr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:00:29 +0200


In PSA, the fight against dismissal know several obstacles which competition between workers and the inability of unions to unify the different sites. ---- More than 8,300 job cuts were announced in mid-July at a central works council (CEC), resulting in the closure of Aulnay (93) employing more than 3000 employee-es . It was a real thunderbolt for employees who are disengaged, repeatedly on the site of Aulnay and that of Janais (35), next to Rennes and second site most affected by the restructuring plan. The decision to eliminate jobs is symbolic of wealth appropriated by the Peugeot family and group management, the crisis in the automotive sector and the accumulation of social plans. The calendar has long been influenced by management and the announcement of the social plan was made less than two weeks before the annual closure.

The employee-es of subcontractors (Faurecia, Lear, ISS LP, Trigo ...) will obviously be impacted and precarious employment - Temporary or interim - will be like every time the adjustment variable. Solutions exist for the automotive industry: from reflections on the mode of production by type of vehicle products through control of the company by the employee-es. But for now, PSA afford not to close the Aulnay plant and not to remove thousands of jobs.

Yellow unions in Aulnay

The struggle of the CGT and Solidarity in mind yet known obstacles: the most important is the competition sites and the lack of response from the majority of trade unions to call for unifying the struggle. If the CGT reasoning in terms of "group" team coordination sites of lack of voluntarism, preferring départementaliser struggles for each site. Solidarity representative on several sites but not at the company, called before the holidays to a common struggle of all sites, the veto dismissals of workers and the creation of a mutual fund financed by employers the automotive sector, all enterprises. The second obstacle is the balance of power within the company. The history of the group and the strong pressure against the unions control the result that the SIA, a union house, is the first in terms of votes in Aulnay, and there is still an important trade unionism "yellow". The last obstacle for the control strategy, including union teams will discuss with the employee, are unequally informed and many resigned. Three trends are opposed: the first formed by a pole unionist "yellow" and reformist accompany restructuring and repeat that it is a mistake to try to block the production. The second, which brings together some of the CGT whose ties are strong LO on some sites, is waging a publicized, even a minority, and to climb severance. An alternative proposed by another part of the CGT and Solidarity is to oppose any restructuring plan: no question of accepting "to sell its skin", even expensive, on the model of what had been done to Continental. The return may be "hot" in PSA, but should not be reduced to chips shots highly publicized, with the sole purpose - in the tradition of Stalinist trade union movement - would carry an image of radicalism, and release at the same time on the basics.

Unify sites against dismissal

What happens to PSA is not isolated, and bring new claims to the private sector as the veto dismissals of workers is urgent. In Sevelnord, jointly owned by PSA, an agreement to use blackmail has been signed by the unions and reformist houses. Program: emphasis on mobility, wage freeze and a commitment not to make redundancies while remaining vague on the "voluntary" departures. This message was sent by employers to require employees-they are subject to capitalist interests, we must fight, PSA elsewhere.

RoberK (AL Montreuil)
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