France - Automation without job losses - September 30, 2017

The trade unions have been involved from the scratch in an interesting automation process at Evian. Evian unveiled a carbon-neutral bottling site in the French alps. The plant is not new, but rather the culmination of a six-year effort to modernise a facility Evian has since 1965. The management had 28 consultations with the local unions during the six-year construction project, all of which came back with a favourable result. According to the management, this shows that you can achieve a lot when the people are part of the project. The modernised factory includes multiple automation upgrades, but rather than issuing mass layoffs, the company was actually able to bring on new workers. With a broad-sweeping retraining initiative designed to empower employees 600 out of 1,200 jobs could be modified.

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