The workforce will again decrease at Stellantis. According to several union sources, the car manufacturer with 14 brands presented a plan on Tuesday, February 1, through which it provides for no less than 1,300 annual voluntary departures, in France, in 2022 and 2023. According to the details of this plan, presented during negotiations with the trade unions, Stellantis wishes to renew the conventional collective rupture agreement (RCC). This is due to end on March 31. In 2021, it had allowed the departure of 1,380 employees and this only through voluntary departure measures.
“The management is proposing this time a two-year agreement but there is nothing new”, assured Christine Virassamy, CFDT central union representative. “We are above all expecting guarantees on hiring on permanent contracts”, she added, conditioning the participation of her union in this agreement on “quantified commitments from management”. Because this announcement “will harm the performance and the yield of the factories”, foresees Christine Virassamy. On the side of the CGT, “it is a policy that we cannot endorse”, underlined Jean-Pierre Mercier, central union representative.
“The group is about to post a record profit and during the past two years, with the Covid-19, we have had the dismissal of thousands of temporary workers and we are understaffed as never before”, he said. added. The car manufacturer, for its part, insisted on the “context marked by the technological transition that we must support” to justify this plan, while “maintaining the employability of employees”. “3,600 people changed jobs in 2021,” said a spokesperson for the company, adding that this voluntary departure plan is part of the desire to convert some of the employees from thermal to electric.
A workforce that has already shrunk in 15 years
In 2021, the group recruited 1,127 people in the automotive division (which includes distribution subsidiaries) including 273 at PSA Auto (factories and technical centers), said the same spokesperson. Stellantis, a group founded in 2021 with the merger of Peugeot-Citroën and Fiat-Chrysler, is due to present its results for the year 2021 on February 23 and has set itself an ambitious operating margin target of around 10%. According to the CFDT, the workforce of Stellantis (ex-PSA) in France has shrunk from 70,000 to 40,000 employees in 15 years.
“The first job and skills redeployment plan dates from 2007 with 1,700 departures”, recalled Christine Virassamy. Stellantis indicated for its part that it counted 45,000 employees in France and specified that the 2007 workforce included those of Faurecia, which are no longer taken into account today. According to another union source, “we are on an average of 1,300 departures per year since 2008”.
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