The management of the Hutchinson site in Joué-lès-Tours has announced a production transfer to the Rokycany site in the Czech Republic. Started several months ago - machines have already moved - the process should be 80% complete by the end of the year. The transfer of fluid management systems is one of the two activities of the Joué-lès-Tours site, along with the transmissions. About 120 people (about 100 permanent employees and about 20 temporary workers) work there, out of the 600 employees of the plant.
The management wants to avoid forced dismissals and proposes internal reclassifications to the transmission activity and to other sites in France. Training supports, external reclassifications and retirements are also being discussed. Rather than an employment safeguard plan or a voluntary redundancy plan, Hutchinson has implemented individually negotiated contractual terminations (rupture conventionnelle) so trade unions representatives commented they don't have information about final figures yet. Previously, two former restructurings took place at two other locations in France (90 job cuts in 2014, and 216 job cuts in 2009).