to reduce its production costs, a crystal factory in Pas-de-Calais opts for partial unemployment

to reduce its production costs, a crystal factory in Pas-de-Calais opts for partial unemployment
to reduce its production costs, a crystal factory in Pas-de-Calais opts for partial unemployment

In the crystal factory d’Arques (Pas-de-Calais), glasses are heated to more than 1,300°C. But gas consumption weighs on this company, whose bill has exploded in one year. “Between 2021 and 2022, the gas bill for Arc France goes from 19 million to 75 million, that’s an additional 56 million”highlighted Guillaume Rabel-Suquet, communication director of Arc France.

Faced with such a finding, 1,600 employees will be put on partial unemployment, two days a week, from Thursday, September 1, until the end of the year. A third of employees are affected. So, to reduce its production costs, the company relies on domestic fuel oil. But if this is not enough, the crystal factory plans to go further. “We are thinking about stopping the production of certain ovens. We may have other collaborators (…) who can stop”Explain Guillaume Rabel-Suquet. For their part, the unions fear a drain of skills and a drastic drop in wages.

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