Ariège: the strike for a salary increase at Aubert&Duval has paid off

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This Tuesday, a mobilization was organized at the Aubert & Duval factory, in Pamiers, around the wage increase. The largest employer in Ariège, which has around a thousand workers and managers, has accepted an increase of €50 gross per month which is in addition to that decided in July.

This Tuesday, a call for a strike was launched by the CGT which works within the Aubert & Duval factory with the aim of “impacting the activity of the site”. Trade unionists and employees demanded a rise in wages in view of a standard of living plagued by exponential inflation. “The minimum wage has been raised by 8%. So now, the minimums of the company are only 20 € from the minimum wage, ”regrets Mikaël Tolosa, union representative. Thus, young people arriving in less qualified positions receive between 1,600 and 1,700 euros net, including a monthly bonus for three-shift shifts which fluctuates between 38 and 50 €. “Some leave for other jobs with equivalent salaries but on hours worked during the day. However, here, there are qualified positions that we cannot find elsewhere but that we cannot manage to fill. Today, they are opening more jobs than the departures recorded during the restructuring plan. Which proves that all this has been badly managed, ”said Mikaël Tolosa.

Asked recently about this specific point of the voluntary departure plan, management recalls the lack of visibility induced in the aeronautics sector, in particular, due to the health crisis. For months the planes simply stopped flying and the controls were indeed at a standstill.

What particularly worries the “steelworkers” is the change in the collective agreement, which comes into force in 2024. “The metallurgy diplomas will no longer be recognized in the calculation of the salary. Only the position occupied will count. So young graduates will no longer come to us, ”analyzes the staff representative on the picket line which brought together dozens of people.

The question of timing in the context of the acquisition of A & D

At the same time, Sébastien Pollaert, union representative, took part in a meeting with the management of A & D which already granted an additional €50 gross in July. And as requested by the union, the leaders agreed, on Tuesday, to allocate an additional €50 to everyone. That is a permanent increase of €100 gross per month.

“In August, the world changed. Energy prices, already high because of the war in Ukraine, have exploded. For Aubert & Duval, as for other metallurgical and industrial companies, the impact is strong. Compared to 2021, our energy bill could be multiplied by more than five in 2022. This crisis comes on top of pre-existing difficulties, particularly in the supply of materials and logistics. At the same time, our employees, like all French people, are faced with inflation and the rising cost of living. We are aware of this and understand the difficulties expressed by our employees in the face of the inflationary context. Our desire is to look together for solutions that will make it possible to limit the impact of this energy crisis and to mobilize all the forces of the company to significantly reduce our energy consumption and limit losses”, explains the management of the plant. appamean.

From now on, only the question of the calendar still hangs in a context where the Aubert & Duval sign, still under the bosom of Eramet and which has six other sites in France, must be bought by the end of the year by a consortium formed by Airbus, Safran and ACE Partners. “This increase decision is favorable but we are told of a payment in December. However, we are asking for it for October. Which clearly shows that Eramet does not want to pay a penny more for Aubert & Duval”, analyzes Sébastien Pollaert. Next meeting on this item scheduled for Friday.



Source: www.ladepeche.fr

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