A Ford plant that produced transmissions in southwestern France closed down for great on Wednesday after the carmaker dismissed efforts conserve some operations at the center that had actually utilized approximately 3,600 individuals.
The factory in Blanquefort, outdoors Bordeaux, was arranged to close on July 31 however “people arrived this morning and were told to go home, and that there was no point in coming back,” union activist Eric Troyas informed AFP.
“People were crying. They were thrown out like trash,” he stated, including that supervisors of the plant that opened in 1972 and just recently utilized around 850 individuals had actually made the most of a thin union existence throughout the summertime to shut it down early.
Ford initially stated it would close the website in February 2018 however till late February this year there was some hope it might be offered to the Franco-Belgian devices producer Punch Powerglide, which had actually drifted a strategy to conserve around half the tasks.
On Wednesday, “the assembly lines were empty and Ford did not try to keep people occupied, they emptied their lockers and left,” works committee member Gilles Lambersend stated.
A spokesperson for Ford France informed AFP that the “production is indeed finished,” prior to keeping in mind that the plant had actually currently been running at a minimum level.
The French federal government had actually attempted to come up with a service for the website, and pledged in February to make the United States car manufacturer spend for laid-off personnel, a clean-up of the plant, and efforts to implant brand-new commercial activity there.
Ford had actually gotten around 15 million euros ($17 million) in state help recently, however the federal government acknowledged it might not require it be compensated.
Ford revealed in June it would slash 12,000 tasks throughout Europe.
French authorities decline Ford plant closure strategy
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