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Why are so many auto plants closing?

5 March, 2019Auto plants provide well-paid, highly skilled and heavily unionized work, so a spate of plant closures and retrenchments in several countries is worrying for unions. While we need to fight closures plant by plant, we also need to understand the wider structural drivers.

Turkey: Renault dismisses workers using police violence instead of upholding commitments

2 March, 2016The last few days have seen violent clashes between the police and dismissed workers, peacefully protesting to get their jobs back and the right to organize at car manufacturer Renault’s Turkish plant Oyak in the city of Bursa.  

Renault blacklisted by Swedish investment bank

13 June, 2017Following labour violations at the Renault Oyak plant in Bursa, Turkey, major Swedish bank SEB has blacklisted the French auto manufacturer, referring to events in February last year when local management used police to forcefully remove protestors.

Renault

25 May, 2012A Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Renault was signed on October 12, 2004. Renault S.A. is a French automaker producing cars and vans. It employs 128,000 people worldwide.

Nissan workers in Paris stage protest against anti-union policies

30 June, 2016Workers from the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, US, with the support of IndustriALL Global Union and French metal affiliates of FTM-CGT, FGMM-CFDT, CFE-CGC Métallurgie and FO Métaux stage a joint protest in front of the building where the World Works Committee of Renault takes place.

RENAULT, THE RENAULT GROUP WORKS COUNCIL AND INDUSTRIALL GLOBAL UNION SIGN A GLOBAL FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT

3 July, 2013The Renault Group, the Renault Group Works Council and IndustriALL Global Union signed a global framework agreement, “Committing together for sustainable growth and development”, on July 2, 2013.

Renault Works Council goes truly global

29 April, 2015IndustriALL Global Union signs an amendment to strengthen the participation of workers’ representatives from outside Europe in the Renault Group Works Council and to establish a single status for all.

Trade unions file OECD case against Renault-Nissan Alliance in three countries

20 December, 2016Calling for the correction of the failure of French Renault S.A., Japanese Nissan Motor Co. and Dutch Renault-Nissan BV to undertake due diligence in order to avoid and address serious labour right violations reported at Nissan North America Inc.’s (NNA) manufacturing facilities in Canton, Mississippi, IndustriALL and its US affiliate the United Auto Workers (UAW) is seeking the good offices of the National Contact Points (NCPs) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in three countries. The case follows strong recommendations delivered by the US NCP, including the offer of mediation, which were rejected by Nissan North America. 

Renault Chile workers in victorious 15-day strike

21 December, 2017Workers at Cormecanica Renault Chile have won a major pay victory after a 15-day strike and other actions.

IndustriALL and industriAll Europe condemn sentencing of Renault workers in Turkey

14 November, 2018In a declaration published today, Industriall Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union have strongly condemned the sentencing of 26 Renault workers and trade union officials from the car manufacturer’s Oyak plant in Bursa, Turkey.