Sud-Ouest; Limousin; Creuse
Location of affected unit(s)
La Souterraine
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.20 - Manufacture of bodies (coachwork) for motor vehicles; manufacture of trailers and semi-trailers

156 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 September 2017
Employment effect (start)
17 September 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2017


The commercial court of Poitiers has agreed the takeover of the automotive supplier GM&S by GMD. The new owner will keep 120 of the 256 employees employed by the La Souterraine plant in the department of Creuse. The take over will lead to 156 forced dismissals. This offer is far from satisfying the employees and their trade unions. The court regretted 'the small number of employees taken over and the extreme low price of the sale'.

The difficulties of GM&S, the second private employer of the French department, took a political turn in spring. While the equipment manufacturer was near to liquidation, the employees started an intense mobilisation (threats of destruction of the factory, picketing of GM&S customers' sites, PSA and Renault manufacturers) to force the new government to support the site and to find a solution to keep its to main clients, the two French car manufacturers PSA Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) and Renault. The government obtained from GMD a takeover offer of EUR 1 under condition of some State orders in addition to the PSA and Renault promising orders for a value of  EUR 22 million a year over the next five years. They will also invest EUR 15 million to modernise the site, alongside the state (EUR 5 million each). 

Employees, who are claiming extra-legal compensation of EUR 75,000 per person, have the intention to continue the battle to reduce the number of job cuts as the reemployment of the 156 employees who will be dismissed will be very difficult in this geographical area 'where there are no industrial jobs', according to the union CGT. On 9 September, about 200 employees demonstrated in Guéret, the main city of Creuse, to protest against the 156 job cuts. 


  • 7 September 2017: Les Echos
  • 9 September 2017: Le Monde


Eurofound (2017), GM&S, Merger/Acquisition in France, factsheet number 91881, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91881.