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Carmaker PSA Cuts Back On Transfer Of Polish Workers To French Plant

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 sparked criticism from unions and the French government.

Groupe PSA is gradually cranking up manufacturing capacity after the Coronavirus lockdown expand View Photos
Groupe PSA is gradually cranking up manufacturing capacity after the Coronavirus lockdown

Highlights

  • PSA Groupe says it will only few Polish workers to the French plant
  • PSA now plans to have a team of 2000 workers at the Hordain factory
  • The CGT union says the Polish workers strength stands at 124

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.

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 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 per cent of the total staff would be employees from other sites, including Poland, the carmaker said.

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

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

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