Peugeot’s workers at the Aulnay plant accepted to end the 4-month strike held for the plant’s closure.
The workers will end the strike and return to work beginning next week, according to Jean-Pierre Mercier, who represents the CGT union. PSA Peugeot Citroen will not apply disciplinary action against strikers and will make concessions on pay for the strike period. The deal was reached after CGT agreed to put an end to any actions against the company’s lay-off plan. The strike involved 130 workers out of the plant’s 2,500 employees.
“The CGT has agreed to drop the appeal lodged against the group’s restructuring plan,” PSA said in a statement on Friday.
PSA will lay off 8,000 workers in France and close the Aulnay plant, near Paris, part of its restructuring plan. The plant manufactures the Citroen C3 subcompact and is to be closed in 2014. Among all major European automakers PSA was the worst affected by the crisis, which has the greatest impact on the southern markets.
“The closure of the factory still remains unacceptable and unjustified for all the workers,” the CGT said in a statement, adding that it would have “disastrous consequences” for the area.