This plan announced in early January provides for 2,300 job cuts out of 17,000 employees in France, over three years, without forced departure.

The tire maker plans 530 job cuts in 2021, including in Clermont-Ferrand, Cholet, Montceau-les-Mines and Troyes, said Jean Paul Chiocchetti, Michelin’s HR Director for France, during a press conference.

It provides for 670 retirements, and will offer 146 contractual terminations to its employees. The agreement drafted with the trade unions provides for mobility leave of at least 12 months, and compensation between 1.8 and 3 years’ salary, with a minimum sum of 60,000 euros.

Michelin plans to create 200 new jobs at the same time, and to recruit between 250 and 270 people. “We must support growth in new areas (hydrogen, recycling), and re-internalize areas of expertise that were with subcontractors, such as the information system “, Mr. Chiocchetti pointed out.

The agreement also provides for a component for employees who remain, with in particular salary increases, training courses and guarantees on internal mobility.

“Initially, the company’s approach was to accompany people towards the exit. We demanded concrete and serious proposals”, in terms of wages and working conditions, to the AFP José Tarantini, central delegate of the CFE-CGE, the group’s first union.

For Laurent Bador of the CFDT, “We have reached an almost acceptable balance, which will make it possible to take care of voluntary departures with real means implemented. For those who will go on pre-retirement, we have done the job and obtained exemptions from activity between three and six months, which was not initially planned“.

The SUD union also welcomed proposals “very balanced“, while the CGT will not sign the framework agreement. This plan must be validated by the social and economic committee on April 13, before being submitted to the labor inspectorate.

Michelin advocated for the establishment of this plan a “co-construction” with the employees, for “allow each industrial site to bring out the best possible solutions“, underlined Mr. Chiocchetti. A” co-construction “welcomed in the industry by the CFDT, but which does not exist in the tertiary sector according to the CFE-CGC.

It is now important to monitor the implementation of the project in each establishment and to remain vigilant on the measures deployed “, underlined Mr. Tarantini to the CFE-CGC.

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