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Car workers strike in France

Issue No. 2340

Workers at two major car plants in the Paris region have been on strike against massive job losses.

Almost 3,000 jobs are threatened by Peugeot’s plan to close its plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Workers in several unions at the factory have been on strike since 17 January.

Bosses shut the whole factory down for more than a week in response.

At a time of massive manufacturing job losses in France, the Peugeot workers’ struggle has been very popular.

One worker, Kash Leone, has produced a rap video starring his colleagues.

The council of nearby Tremblay has donated £17,000 to their strike fund.

And on several occasions the workers have united their demonstrations with workers at the Renault Cleo plant.

The Renault workers have struck several times against a productivity deal that attacks wages, conditions and jobs.

The Aulnay closure is part of a national restructuring plan that will cost more than 8,000 Peugeot workers their jobs.

Bosses say they are responding to poor sales in 2012.

But unions have revealed documents of the plan dating back to 2011.

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Tue 12 Feb 2013, 16:39 GMT
Issue No. 2340
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