Tuesday, January 18

SAM: “no credible offer” to take over, Le Maire calls on Renault to support employees

“There is no credible offer for the resumption of SAM”, noted Wednesday the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire who calls on Renault, major contractor of the Aveyron foundry, to be “exemplary” in support for employees.

“We fought like for every industrial site” and “if there was today a takeover offer that is really solid (…) we would have imposed it in one way or another, This is not the case, “assured the minister on Franceinfo, the day after Renault’s refusal to support the project to take over the Aveyron foundry, which employs 350 employees.

Renault, to which the Toulouse Commercial Court had given until Wednesday to rule, ruled that the proposed takeover considered “does not present the necessary conditions of sustainability and security”.

“The court will decide on Friday (a possible liquidation). Me, what I expect from Renault as a Renault shareholder, is exemplary behavior vis-à-vis employees, because for the employment pool of Decazeville, it’s hard, for SAM employees, it’s extremely hard, “said Bruno Le Maire.

“It means reclassifications, it means support, it means training, it means that Renault, which has dozens of other production sites, must support each employee so that they find a job and a a dignified exit, ”he added.

In its press release on Tuesday, the automaker had assured that it would continue “the dialogue with SAM employees in order to offer them alternative employment solutions within the Renault Group”.

Taken over in 2017 by the Chinese group Jinjiang, the Société aveyronnaise de métallurgie (SAM), based in Viviez on the heights of Decazeville, had been placed in receivership on December 10, 2019, then, on September 16, in liquidation with extension activity until December 10.

After submitting a first offer in July, company manager Patrick Bellity sent a letter of intent last Thursday to take over this foundry. His mail was accompanied by letters of support from the State and the Occitanie region. But it was also necessary that Renault, the last customer, commits to “a defined load plan” before Wednesday, depending on the region.

For its part, the CGT of the Renault group on Wednesday accused the automaker of “abandoning its suppliers and employees in France” and “sacrificing the national automotive industry”.

The union “strongly condemns the attitude of the general management” of Renault “in the SAM file”, while the group “benefits from state subsidies as part of the industrial revival” in France, which is add to the “5 billion euros” loan guaranteed in early June by the State.

“The list of foundries that Renault has sabotaged is long: Fonderies du Poitou, MBF in the Jura, Liberty Alvance in Châteauroux, and its own foundries like the Fonderie de Bretagne”, denounces the CGT. In addition, she protests, the group has undertaken to offer conversions “on its industrial sites located only in the north of France”.


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