Lafarge’s workers protest closures, France

Lafarge’s workers protest closures, France
Published: 08 June 2011

Workers of Lafarge staged a strike yesterday, blocking 10 cement producing plants and four grinding facilities in France. The strike continues today.

The staff protests against the announced closure of Lafarge’s plant in Frangey, northern France, scheduled for the end of 2012.

Lafarge’s management noted that the plant was working at 60% of its capacity and that it will implement all necessary measure to find alternative solutions for the site’s 74 workers.

Workers also disagree with the group’s strategy to carry out the majority of its investments abroad and particularly on emerging markets, at the expense of the French sites.

According to trade unions, Lafarge is mulling over the closure of more plants in France.