PARIS Jan 9 Renault may build
vehicles in France for partners Nissan and Daimler
if domestic employees work longer hours, the carmaker
told unions on Wednesday.
In the latest round of talks on a new nationwide labour
deal, Renault managers asked unions to sign up to an average 6.5
percent increase in working time, the carmaker said.
"This would contribute towards making French factories more
attractive for the allocation of (production) volumes in
addition to Renault's own output," Renault said in a statement.
That could include models for 43.4 percent-owned Japanese
affiliate Nissan or German premium carmaker Daimler, a company
Renault's Maubeuge plant in northern France currently builds
the Mercedes Citan delivery truck for Daimler. However, after
nearly 14 years since the creation of the Renault-Nissan
alliance the two partners have yet to share car production
anywhere in Europe.
Domestic unions are being asked for an increase in working
times to 35 hours a week, the statutory norm across French
industry, Renault said. Pay for the extra hours will be
addressed in later rounds of negotiations.
Last September the carmaker said it was seeking a new
nationwide deal on pay and conditions to cut costs and align
productivity with cheaper European sites such as its Palencia
plant in Spain and Nissan's Sunderland factory in England.
Renault has previously dangled the prospect of guarantees on
keeping its French plants open in negotiations with unions and
warned that the outcome of talks would affect production, a
negotiating stance denounced by some unions as "blackmail".
(Editing by Greg Mahlich)