The mayor of Sete, Francois Commeinhes, has just requested an emergency appointment to Agnes Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance. The Avril group wants to separate from its Sete agrofuel production site.
133 million euros of losses
Saipol, which has accumulated losses of 133 million euros between 2015 and 2018, has also decided to separate from its two agrofuel plants of Sete (Herault) and Montoir-de-Bretagne (Loire-Atlantique). That is 116 employees in total, including 80 on Sete. The other four factories are kept. No date has been indicated.
Already a big fright in February 2018
This is not the first time that the Sete plant is in the hot seat. In February 2018, employees would have had to be unemployed, before a postponement of two months was obtained. Then a two-year moratorium on the arrival of competitive biofuels from Latin America was put in place at European level.
Appointment in emergency
The mayor of Sete, Francois Commeinhes, immediately reacted by contacting the unions of the plant and requesting an emergency appointment to Agnes Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance. It should be held sometime in the coming week.
For its part, the CFDT, by the voice of Alain Scandiuzzi, indicates to have put on alert, highlighting the risks for the employment of the employees, but also "for the carriers, the SNCF, which work with Saipol".