Published on May 29th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Renault plans to cut around 15,000 jobs worldwide
Official announcement will come later today.
This news comes right after Nissan closed its commercial vehicle factory in Spain which left 3,000 workers jobless and a possible Nissan factory closure in Indonesia next month.
This Renault job cuts also include 4,600 job cuts in France, as part of a two billion euro (USD2.2 billion) cost-cutting plan over three years as revealed by news site APF and de.
The plan, which is set to be announced publicly on Friday (today), was explained to unions by the company on Thursday evening.
The company hopes to bring about the job cuts without redundancies through voluntary departures, internal mobility measures and retraining, the sources added.
Its annual global production capacity will be reduced from a current figure of four million vehicles to around 3.3 million. Consultations with staff representatives in France will start from next month.
The car industry faces an existential crisis from the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused sales to plunge as governments have forced citizens to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus.
Renault is in talks with the French government to obtain a 5-billion-euro state-backed loan, but the French government has made this conditional on guarantees for workers and production to remain in the country.
It also pushed the automaker to join a European initiative on batteries for electric cars. The French state holds a 15 per cent stake in Renault.
France had on Tuesday announced an 8 billion-euro plan to support the auto industry that President Emmanuel Macron said he hoped would help make the country the European leader in the manufacture of electric cars.
Even before the current crisis, Renault had been rocked by the departure of emblematic CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in Japan in November 2018 over allegations of financial misconduct, including under reporting salary and misuse of company assets at Renault partner Nissan.
Brazilian-born Ghosn, who also has French and Lebanese nationality, is now in Lebanon, where he fled in December after jumping bail in Japan.