PSA Peugeot Citroen’s decision to shut its Aulnay plant has left workers fearing for their future.
Staff said the closure will have an huge impact on the local community, and could even drive local suppliers into bankruptcy.
One factory worker said he had “spent 34 years at the plant.”
“I’ve done thousands of extra hours, hundreds of Saturdays. We fought for our customers, for quality. To shut the factory like that is impossible to understand. My grandson and nephews wanted to work here. They live in Paris and are finishing school. But there won’t be anything left here, once the plant closes. Because all the small businesses that supply the factory will also close.”
Another female member of staff said she has been with PSA for 17 years. She fears she will have to move or find another job. “That means selling the house”, she said. “How will we bring up the children? There are lots of questions, but few answers.”
One PSA veteran said he was not too worried as he is close to retirement: “I’ve been here 39 years as I started to work at a young age. For me, there are not so many problems. But my younger colleagues will struggle. Especially those fifty-somethings re-entering the job market.”
Euronews correspondent Giovanni Magi reported from outside the factory, which is just outside Paris.
“In the 1980s, this plant saw some of the most important social struggles France has ever seen. It seems that even today there are all the ingredients for a conflict that involves not only the factory but the very future of an entire community.”