A year after the takeover, the dashed hopes of the ex-GM&S

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    The Underground (Hollow), on the site of the oem LSI (ex-GM&S), and it is not the heat that weighs on the shoulders of the employees. It is rather the absence of work, which undermines the moral. “It revolves around 35-38% of activity. We have a workshop with brand new machines that are in the process of rusting. We lose another 300 000 euros per month, it can’t continue like this,” laments Yann Augras, the delegate CGT of the plant, one of the last pillars of the company affected by a major backup plan of employment (PSE) triggered at the end of September 2017.

    orders are to wait

    The first hot issue of the presidency Macron, where the head of the State was involved directly, asking “those who do not care about the mess to go look at if they may have positions” elsewhere, continues to leave traces. A year after the validation by the justice of the recovery of the automotive supplier by the group GMD directed by Alain Martineau, the “GM&S” are always waiting for the orders promised to the State by the manufacturers PSA and Renault. “Today, we are working at 85% for PSA. But we will finish the year very far from the targets that had been signed at Bercy, namely 25 million euros per year over five years”, explains the trade unionist.

    In committee of the company, the interim leadership has kept the accounts open: the site of The Underground is on a pace of one million euros of business per month, “less than half of what what we should do,” says an elected official who does not hesitate, at the same time, to point out the record sales of cars of the share of the two French car manufacturers.

    lawyer Jean-Louis Borie and the trade unionist CGT Yann Augras near the tribunal de commerce de Poitiers, July 31, 2017

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    Taken for a symbolic one euro (with cleanup of the site and especially the walls of the factory), the emboutisseur is separated from more than half of its employees, GMD retaining only 120 posts on the 276. During a visit to an unexpected place in July 2017, the ministers Bruno Le Maire and Benjamin Griveaux had announced that “no one would be abandoned (…) there will be solutions for all.”

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    Jean-Louis Borie, the board of the employees, maintains the accounts. “The promises have not been kept. The volume of activity on the site is ridiculous and the reclassifications are very limited. We have people who are in internship, a dozen temporary assignments and barely 21 CDI signed according to the latest figures accounted for by the prefecture. As to the PSE, which was supposed to be “exceptional”, it is neither more nor less than the normal rules,” laments the lawyer.

    Three manager in one year

    So, by the end of the month of September, laid-off workers – who had a security contract professional – will have their compensation Pole Employment pass of 75% of the gross salary to 57 percent, the legal minimum. “Team leaders have lost up to 1300 euros after 25 years of service. Some have moved to Cognac to try to find a job, but it is complicated. For those who remained, the future is rather black. It will not be able to continue like this forever,” says Yann Augras.

    The CEO of GMD, Alain Martineau (C) during a visit to La Souterraine (Creuse) on July 27, 2017

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    On-site, the new owner just to install a management sustainable. A first director, Jean-Marc Niemeskern was thanked at the end of three months. His successor, Patrick Beuscart, has been relieved of his duties after five months of the year. Today, it is the responsible of the sites of the stamping of the parent GMD, Christophe Married, which provides, in part, to distance, direction, acting. “We saw that the two directors were restrained, complain to the elected officials. Either PSA and Renault have not kept their commitments. Either they have complied with, and that is Alain Martineau, who has decided to send the commands on other sites, especially abroad”.

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    failure to obtain accurate responses from the management -which promises to always be new rooms to build in a year after calls for tenders – the employees of LSI might well turn once again towards justice. They intend to soon ask the judges if the difficulties encountered by the automotive subcontractor are not, ultimately, the responsibility of its customers: the car manufacturers.

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