Saint-Gobain: line stoppage proposed at Avils plant

Saint-Gobain management has proposed a production halt in November 2008 on one of the Sekurit autoglass manufacturing lines at the plant in Avils, northern Spain, with the aim of “reducing production …

Saint-Gobain management has proposed a production halt in November 2008 on one of the Sekurit autoglass manufacturing lines at the plant in Avils, northern Spain, with the aim of “reducing production capacity and relocating workers on the other two lines”. The company said that a possible stoppage was being negotiated with unions but it was not known how or when it would be carried out. “Given the situation of the Spanish and European global crisis the stoppage is possible, but we still do not know if it will take place”, company sources said. The unions, which are in ongoing negotiations with the company, are asking for the relocation of employees affected by the stoppage to positions of a similar professional level and for the provision of training. In addition, the management of ARDC, the Research and Development center, is proposing to reduce the 76-strong workforce of the center by 20, according to union sources, who emphasized that their concerns included not only the job losses but also the future of the center itself. The company said that while it is true that 20 employees will leave the center by the end of the year, “it is an agreed departure” the result of the blocking of its “Proteus 40“ project. “It“s a restructuring and reorganization of the ARDC according to existing projects and forecasts”, the company said. The company indicated that the departure of these 20 workers, some of whom have already left the plant, had been agreed to “absolutely minimize” the impact and claimed that the ARDC would contiune in the region.