Type
Internal restructuring
Country
France
Region
Location of affected unit(s)
Sector
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.41 - Freight transport by road

472 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
167 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
17 April 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2015
Foreseen end date
1 May 2016

Description

Automotive logistics company Gefco group has informed its central Works Council about the intention to cut 546 positions and create another 167. The net job loss will be 379.

The management is negotiating a social plan with the unions and expects to issue the first notices of dismissal by October 2015. The jobs will be cut across three divisions: road freight transport, storage and international transport services. At the same time, the group will recruit 167 employees.

The management points to a problem of competitiveness, a decline of the car manufacturing sector and a sharp competition that increase pressure on prices.  On 17 April, unions have organised a strike against the job cuts. Gefco has reduced its workforce in 2011 with 232 job cuts.

Update, 25 July 2015:  A social plan, which will lead to 472 job cuts, has been signed by Gefco's four trade unions: the CGC, CFDT, CFTC and FO. The agreement involves a voluntary departure scheme. Employees who wish to apply for the scheme must do so before 11 September 2015.


Sources

  • 17 April 2015: AFP-Liaisons sociales
  • 15 April 2015: France 3 Bourgogne
  • 20 July 2015: WK-Transport Logistique

Citation

Eurofound (2015), GEFCO, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 83609, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83609.