Alstom in Belfort: Le Foll promises a solution “in the days to come”

A solution for Alstom employees in Belfort is currently still under discussion, according to the government spokesperson. A takeover of these employees by General Electric was however denied by the group.

Asltom employees in Belfort should soon be fixed on their fate. Government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll said on Thursday that Secretary of State for Industry Christian Sirugue will present a solution to maintain production of trains on the Belfort site “in the days to come” “All this is under discussion,” he said. According to the Force Ouvrière union quoted by Reuters, a “global project” covering all of the group’s sites and preserving the activity of the Belfort site could be presented on September 30 to the union representatives of the Alstom group.

The track of a takeover of certain Alstom employees by General Electric, mentioned by Europe 1 on Thursday, has been denied by the group, even if it recognizes that it is currently discussing with the government the application of its commitments in terms of employment in France. “General Electric does not confirm the information from Europe 1. The discussions at Bercy focused on GE’s commitment to create 1,000 net jobs within three years and were a step forward,” said the spokesperson. word of the American group.

, to create 1,000 jobs in France in 3 years. The recruitment of employees at Alstom’s Belfort site would enable it to keep this promise. It would also allow the government to hold its own while. The management had planned to reclassify the 400 employees concerned (out of 480) on its site in Reichshoffen in the Bas-Rhin.

Alstom trade unionists in Belfort have not yet been informed of this option. “Making power units and locomotives or turbines is not the same job,” notes Olivier Kohler, CFDT Alstom union delegate in Belfort. It is not incompatible. But I don’t believe that reclassification at General Electric would affect all of Alstom’s 400 employees. We are in favor of maintaining railway activity in Belfort, ”reaffirms the trade unionist.

An order from SNCF

Another information, still according to Europe 1: the end of the production of trains and locomotives in Belfort could be postponed. SNCF should indeed finalize an order from Alstom for six TGV trainsets for Paris-Milan, twelve of which would supply the Belfort plant. François Hollande had rightly put pressure on SNCF and RATP to bring orders to Alstom. As a reminder, management had announced the end of production and studies in Belfort “within two years” due to fewer orders in recent months for this site. The company suffered another setback at the end of August when Akiem, a joint venture owned by SNCF and Deutsche Bank, rather than at the Belfort site.

Announcements could be made next Monday during Alstom’s extraordinary CCE in the presence of the CEO, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, who must also be heard by the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly next Tuesday. In the meantime, several actions are planned. Saturday September 24, a dead city day is organized in Belfort. Four Alstom Transport unions (CGT, FO, CFDT, CFE-CGC) also called for a strike to maintain all French sites, Tuesday, October 27 at 11 a.m. in front of the group’s headquarters.