PSA Peugeot Citroën Introduces Variable Night Shift at Its Plant in Rennes

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19/01/2011 | Paris - 19 January 2011

PSA Peugeot Citroën Introduces Variable Night Shift at Its Plant in Rennes

In February 2011, PSA Peugeot Citroën will introduce a variable night shift at its plant in Rennes to coincide with the launch of the Peugeot 508. The system, which will remain in place for one year, is intended to respond to ramp-up in production volumes and fluctuations in demand. This is the first time that this innovative work management practice has been introduced in the French automobile industry.

Working hours for night-shift employees will be calculated on the basis of 28 hours a week, which will be paid at the rate of 35 hours to take into account a premium for night work. Schedules may vary from 0 to 40 hours a week depending on plant operations.

The system ensures that employees will receive stable monthly compensation for one year, regardless of the workload.

The team will be comprised of 850 employees, including 600 current plant employees who have already expressed their willingness to be part of the night shift. An additional 450 people will be hired on fixed-term or temporary contracts.

The deployment of the new work organization at Rennes follows the signing by five unions on 8 September of a nationwide agreement concerning the flexibility of the Group’s production facilities in France.

For many years, PSA Peugeot Citroën has been committed to continuously improving the competitiveness of its manufacturing facilities in France, which will have an impact on the future of the plants and therefore jobs. This process requires ongoing productivity gains, structural transformations and the ability to respond immediately to customer demand.

“The two production shifts currently in place will not be enough to ensure the launch of the new Peugeot 508, which is scheduled for roll-out in February,” said Denis Martin, head of the Industrial Operations Department. “With this launch, we are enhancing the competitiveness of the Rennes facility, where business will increase by around 60% in 2011. By implementing a variable night shift, we’re maximizing our chances of meeting strong demand for the 508 while also acquiring the flexibility that will enable us to maintain the night shift as long as possible.”


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