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Months-long strike at Peugeot Citroen plant in France slated for closure ends

Automaker cutting 8,000 jobs, plans to close Aulnay-sous-Bois factory north of Paris

May 17, 2013  by The Associated Press

PARIS—A four-month strike at a car factory north of Paris has come to an end, although the workers say they will still fight a plan to close the plant.

PSA Peugeot Citroen said it had signed an agreement with the CGT union to end the strike, which started in January.

The CGT called the strike “suspended.”

Peugeot said around 130 of the plant’s 2,500 workers have been on strike since Jan. 16.


France’s largest automaker is cutting 8,000 jobs and has slated the Aulnay-sous-Bois factory as it struggles to compete in Europe’s stagnant car market.

While unions and the government have called the plan unacceptable, the plant looks likely to shut next year.

CGT representative Jean-Pierre Mercier told French TV that “the fight is far from over.”

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