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meeting of employee representatives held June 13, closes the period for
consultation of staff representative bodies begun on 22nd March 2013 in the
framework of Condat’s industrial restructuring plan, including stoppage of line
6 and its consequences for employment.
At the end of this meeting the employee representatives delivered their
Condat’s management has done everything possible to preserve jobs and keep the
number of forced layoffs down. The initial project submitted to the workers’
elected representatives on 22nd March 2013 envisaged the elimination of 144
jobs. Five of these positions have been kept through the negotiations with the
representative bodies, which leaves the number of jobs eliminated at 139.
Incentives have furthermore been provided to facilitate voluntary early retirement
as well as other kinds of voluntary redundancies (business creation, workforce
transition …). Any voluntary redundancy will enable the redeployment of an
employee whose job is in jeopardy.
These measures should result in significantly reducing the number of forced
The stoppage of line 6 will take effect as from 1st July 2013.
The first dismissal notifications will be made from 31st July 2013 and will be
scaled out until the end of 2013.
Condat is not the sole organisation in the Lecta Group affected by
restructuring. Cost reduction measures are under way at all the other firms in
Consultation and social dialogue
Management has been sensitive to the concerns of the social partners involved
throughout the consultation period.
The quality of the dialogue between Management and social partners has, after
over 20 negotiation meetings, made it possible to work out a set of measures
enabling a tailor-made response to each different situation.
Staff support conditions have been got under way in association with a
specialised organisation since 16th May 2013 in order to reach a redeployment
solution specifically targeted for each of the employees concerned, either
internally or in the job pool.
Adaptation of the industrial system
Management foresees investments from this autumn in order to optimise the
operation of the other two production lines with a view to extending their
grammage ranges. These investments should be operational by the end of 2013.
Until these aspects are operationally commissioned, the manufacture of these
products will temporarily be handled by other firms in the Lecta Group.
Management reassurance as to the future of Condat
It is practically impossible for the management to make forecasts for the
future in the present economic setting. Well aware of its social
responsibility, nevertheless, it seeks to reassure and confirm its wish to do
everything possible to ensure the endurance of the Condat site and preserve
jobs in Dordogne.
Condat is a member of the Lecta group, the second-largest European producer of
coated paper. Lecta consists of three companies: Torraspapel (Spain), Cartiere
del Garda (Italy) and Condat (France).
Condat specialises in the manufacture and marketing woodfree coated paper. The
company showed a turnover of 456 million euros as of 31st December 2012 and has