The management of General Electric (GE) in Belfort has proposed to keep 94 of the 238 positions in the nuclear branch of the American giant in France which were to be eliminated, we learned on Friday, while 300 employees again demonstrated against this plan social. “The discussions made it possible to retain 94 positions out of the 238 affected by the reorganization project linked to its proposal to exit the market for new coal-fired power stations,” General Electric said in a press release.
According to someone close to the matter, “the proposals submitted would allow Steam Power (an entity specializing in turbines for nuclear and coal-fired power plants) to remain one of the main suppliers” of this material for new nuclear power plants. These are efforts “significant but not sufficient”, commented Laurent Humbert of the CFE-CGC, “we must remain firm and maintain the mobilization”.
“We have a shareholder who wants to downsize”
“We can not manage the future of nuclear power like a shopkeeper, (on the horizon of one) quarter for GE and depending on the elections for the government,” added Laurent Santoire, of the CGT, in front of the demonstrators. “We are not in a company where there is no work and where there is no future, but we have a shareholder who wants to downsize”, denounced for his part Christian Mougenot, of the CFDT.
GE’s nuclear branch currently has 1,788 employees. The social plan that strikes it is in addition to those which have affected in recent months the gas (power stations with gas turbines), hydro (dam equipment) and Grid solution (power networks) sectors of the American giant.