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Continental workers vote to end strike

Video by Luke BROWN

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-03-17

Workers from the Continental tire manufacturing factory in Clairoix, France, have voted to end a strike protesting the plant's scheduled closure, on condition that there will be "no pressure on the rhythm of production".

Around 400 workers from the Continental factory in Clairoix, north of Paris, on strike since March 11 after the German tire manufacturer announced it would close the plant within a year, voted in a general assembly to resume working under certain conditions.


“We need to get back to work, but not under the wrong conditions,” CGT union delegate Xavier Mathieu told the plant’s employees. The CGT has led the strike movement since plans for closing the site, which employs 1,120 people, were made public. This is the largest scheduled factory closure in France since the beginning of the global economic downturn last autumn.


His position was approved by the workers' assembly as a whole. “We will get back to work but we won’t give up our fight. It will be even easier because we won’t have to be worried about not being paid”.


At the beginning of the strike, workers had obtained the guarantee of being paid until 6:00 am on the morning of Tuesday, March 17, even if they weren’t working.


Union delegates now want to meet with management to negotiate the conditions for resuming work: “No undue pressure on the rhythm of production” and “no layoffs until (the closure) is effective”.

Date created : 2009-03-17