Protest in Maubeuge against Renault restructuring plan

Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday morning in front of the Renault plant in Maubeuge to protest the plan to transfer the production of the Kangoo power plants to Douai.

Several thousand people gathered on Saturday, May 30, in front of the Renault factory in Maubeuge, which has been stopped since Friday, to demonstrate against the carmaker’s decision to reduce 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,600 in France.

The protesters started shortly after. 10.00, at the call of the factory association (CGT, CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, south), a march that left the site to reach the town hall in Maubeuge, at about 6 km away.

The manufacturer’s management, in difficulty, plans to transfer production of the Kangoo power plants, which will employ about 2,900 employees, to Douai, approximately 70 km away, which would inherit a new platform.

“This is an earthquake that is happening. We want to keep our business here. Today, this demonstration is very important, although only a first step, to show the government and Renault that the employees and residents of this district are connected to this company and that we are supported. We need these jobs, otherwise it will be an entire territory that will die! “, explained AFP Jérôme Delvaux, secretary of the CGT-MCA trade union.

“The fight is just beginning”

“We were told that we were the best factory in Europe, that we had nothing to fear, and today we are told that we will close to put everything in Douai? We cannot leave it leaving …”, annoyed his page Jean-Marc Pelleriaux, 61, coach in the retouching area and a member of CGT.

“Kangoo must stay at MCA”, “Let’s defend our jobs, not transfer the factory from Maubeuge to Douai”, “Senard: storage room, Macron: keep your word!”, We could read on banners.

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“It is not the employers who will do the law, true democracy is here!”, The protesters shouted, almost everyone who wore a mask.

Many elected officials with tricolor scarves also paired in the procession. The latter, including the president of Hauts-de-France Xavier Bertrand, had already mobilized Tuesday along with trade unions and factory workers. “The fight has just begun,” said DVD Mayor of Maubeuge, Arnaud Decagny.

With AFP