For months, Ford Sarrelouis’ 5,000 employees, including 800 cross-border workers, have been living in anxiety as the factory has closed several times. For the last year, a conversion between partial unemployment and production was implemented.
Moreover, the American automaker has not yet said whether a new model will be produced in Saarlouis after Focus. Partial unemployment was imposed for 98 days for a year, since August 23, two workstations have been operating, but to prepare the programs, the factory is watching, as it is very dependent on electronic components. The famine, still acute, reached its climax. New bottlenecks will emerge this month for the four modules of the Ford Focus. This means that around 8,000 more vehicles will not be produced in September. Consultations continue.
Ford employees live in the same scenario as Smart workers accepting all sacrifices to avoid relocation, and Daimler has broken its commitment.
Arsene Schmitt. Chairman of the Border Defense Committee.
Appeal of the Border Defense Committee
Moselle-Est cross-border workers conducted a public awareness campaign at the Leclerc shopping center in Creutzwald on Saturday 4 September and continues on 11 September in Leclerc in Betting-lès-Saint-Avold. At the initiative of IG Metall, a day of action is planned for 14 September at 15:30 at the “Großer Markt” in Saarlouis.
The Moselle Border Defense Committee shows its full solidarity with the workers of Saarlouis and calls on all border workers to attend the rally. “After Halberg Guss in St-Gobain in Brebach, there is a new industrial carnage programmed in our border region as a result of this capitalist system rotten by speculation. We rebel against that,” said Arsène Schmitt, chairman of the defense committee. He states that Ford workers “experienced the same scenario as Smart workers who accepted all sacrifices to prevent displacement, breaking Daimler’s commitment.” In the past three years, workers have accepted everything Ford has asked for: shift reduction, staff reduction, cancellation of the C-Max and more.
Arsène Schmitt is demanding “a law prohibiting layoffs.” This is the law we expect from our elected officials. We fully share the stance of Oskar Lafontaine, who said during the Halberg dispute that “Anyone who deliberately destroys the jobs of 1,500 employees, that is, nationalizes them, must also be expropriated”. »