Business expansion
Ouest; Pays de la Loire; Vendée
Location of affected unit(s)
La Roche-sur-Yon
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products
22.11 - Manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres

100 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
22 April 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2016
Foreseen end date


On 22 April, tyre manufacturer Michelin announced the creation of 100 jobs in its plant in La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée) in the framework of a competitiveness agreement concluded with two representative unions: CFE-CGC and SUD. Employees of the plant have voted in favour of the agreement, with 63% of the affected employees and 71% of the whole workforce at the site voting 'yes'.  The two main unions, CGT and FO, which represent over 50% of the vote at the last professional elections, were against the agreement but explained they would not go against employees’ votes.  According to the agreement, working time will be based on shift work, and employees agreed to work one Saturday out of four and up to 16 Sundays per year. To compensate for the additional and unsocial shifts, employees will receive 17 supplementary days-off per year or will earn around 2.5 times their average salaries for each Sunday worked. According to the manager, some employees could receive an additional 2 months' salary per year. The aim for Michelin is for the plant to be operational six days per week and is able to maintain strong seasonal production. The company has expanded several times within in France over the previous few years, in 2010, 2011, 2013, but also had incidents of job cuts in 2009 and 2013. Michelin has recently announced a plan to restructure one of its sites in Clermont-Ferrand, with a site closure by the end 2017 and a reorganisation of its engineering department by 2018.


  • 22 April 2016: Le Figaro
  • 26 April 2016: Les Echos


Eurofound (2016), Michelin, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 87546, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87546.