Car manufacturing plant closure in France
Lead NCPFrance
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by four trade unions regarding the activities of Molex Automotive SARL, a US multinational enterprise operating in France.
Theme(s)Disclosure, Employment and industrial relations
Date28 Feb 2011
Host country(ies)France
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorManufacturing

Read the final statement issued by the French NCP concluding the specific instance - 20 September 2012 | français

In February 2011 the French NCP received a request for review from four trade unions alleging that Molex Automotive SARL, a manufacturer of electronic components for various industries, had breached the employment and industrial relations provisions of the Guidelines by failing to inform and consult with employee representatives prior to the closure of its Villemur-sur-Tarn site.

The French NCP could not contact or meet with the company as it was undergoing judicial liquidation. Nevertheless, in its final statement the NCP concluded that Molex has not fulfilled the information and cooperation obligation under the Guidelines for the following reasons: (1) the decision to close the site was already taken when the process of information and consultation was initiated, (2) the information provided could not lead to an appropriate job protection plan and (3) the company did not cooperate to mitigate the negative impacts of the closure.