* French pay freeze to also affect managers - senior
* Renault confident on new French labour deal by early Feb
PARIS Jan 30 A proposed pay freeze at French
carmaker Renault's domestic operations for this year
will also affect the group's managers but not necessarily its
chief executive Carlos Ghosn, a senior executive said on
The company's French operations chief Gerard Leclercq also
said that Renault was confident it was close to a union deal to
bolster the competitiveness of its French plants.
"The pay freeze we proposed for 2013 will apply to
everyone," Leclercq told journalists after addressing lawmakers
on the French parliament's economic affairs committee.
"As to Carlos Ghosn, his remuneration is decided by the board
of directors, so it's not up to me, it's the sovereign decision
of the board," he added.
Last week Renault said it had proposed a pay freeze this
year, followed by a 0.5 percent increase next year and a 0.75
percent rise in 2015. Salaries increased by 3 percent in 2012.
The proposals were made public after a series of meetings
with staff representatives as Renault pushes to align
productivity in France with cheaper European sites in Spain and
"It's possible that we'll sign a deal by early February,"
Leclercq had told Reuters before addressing lawmakers.
The carmaker told unions at a meeting earlier this month that
it was aiming to cut 7,500 jobs in France by 2016 to help boost
competitiveness as the slump in its domestic and European
markets shows no sign of easing.
(Reporting by Gilles Guillaume, Dominique Vidalon)