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(en) France, UCL - Webdito, Solidarity with the strikers of the Fonderie De Bretagne (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 9 May 2021 09:36:08 +0300

The workers of the Fonderie De Bretagne near Lorient have been part of their movement since Tuesday, April 27. The spark ? A strategic committee on the automotive sector, following which Bruno le Maire announced the establishment of an aid fund of 50 million, to... "support the retraining of employees made redundant in the automotive sector. "An announcement that reflects the acceptance of the layoffs by the government. ---- The straw that broke the camel's back for the 350 employees of the Foundry, a factory belonging to Renault and threatened with closure, who have lived for months in fear of layoffs. Because if the government is preparing to release 30 million euros to "support the retraining" of employees in the automotive sector, (Renault and Stellantis will provide 10 million each) it is good that it has already given up on exerting pressure on Renault to prevent layoffs [1]

On March 11, Renault announced its intention to seek a buyer by August "more able to perpetuate activities and jobs and adapt the industrial tool to changes in the sector," according to the press release. The direction. But behind the vagueness of the discourse of the management, it is clear that Renault is ready to close the plant.

The workers of the Foundry of Brittany have nothing to expect from a State which lets Renault lay off, after the group has gorged itself on profits, the latter reaching the sum of 25 billion euros over the last ten years. Likewise, it is also obvious that the words of Minister Le Maire on the necessary relocation are only wishful thinking in the face of employers' intransigence on cost reduction and competitiveness.

An immediate response, a tradition of struggle
The day after the announcements of B. Le Maire, the factory was blocked by the strikers - largely in the majority - and the management retained in its offices until 10:30 pm. A massive, rapid and hard mobilization which has already paid off in 2009 [2]. At the time, the employees had led an exemplary fight: demonstrations of several thousand people, a massive strike lasting several days, punching actions ... The employees of the Société Bretonne de Fonderie Mécanique (SBFM ), then a Renault subcontractor, had thus won their reinstatement within the Renault group, under the name Fonderie de Bretagne.

Today, it is obvious that to increase its chances of victory, the fight must be waged at the level of the entire automotive industry in France and go beyond the framework of the latter with a strong social, economic and ecological stake. This is the meaning of May 6, a day of strike called by the CGT, with two national gatherings in Le Mans (Sarthe) and Douvrin (Nord Pas de Calais).

The workers at the Fonderie de Bretagne are right to fight against layoffs. It is not for employees to pay the price, while bosses and shareholders have gorged themselves on profits and public money. The Foundry strikers are an example for all workers in the automotive sector and more broadly for all those who are currently threatened by layoffs. They are going to need all of our solidarity !

A pot is open on leetchi at the initiative of the Cgt FDB: https://www.leetchi.com/c/soutien-aux-salaries-de-la-fdbex-sbfm

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