PSA, GM prepare further attacks against auto workers
In recent weeks French automobile manufacturer PSA has ramped up pressure to impose layoffs, cuts in wages and social benefits, and speed-up on workers in its European factories.
In the framework of its alliance with US auto manufacturer General Motors, PSA is accelerating its downsizing, eliminating production capacity that overlaps with that of GM (Opel) in Europe. According to trade union sources, there are plans to eliminate gearbox production that was planned for a Valenciennes plant bought from GM. A project for a new vehicle will not be started in Rennes, but in a GM factory. The Madrid factory will be cut to one shift, with corresponding layoffs.
En gros, PSA n’est pas allé se marier avec GM juste pour faire joli, mais aussi pour apprendre à bien flinguer les syndicats et les droits des travailleurs.